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BSP chief Mayawati questions voting machines, challenges Modi, Shah

election-results Updated: Mar 11, 2017 23:01 IST
BSP chief Mayawati at a press conference in Lucknow on March 11,  2017, after the election results gave BJP a major victory in Uttar Pradesh.
BSP chief Mayawati at a press conference in Lucknow on March 11, 2017, after the election results gave BJP a major victory in Uttar Pradesh.(Deepak Gupta/ HT Photo)

“The BJP has won even in Muslim areas... Voting machines were tampered with... It’s a shocking result in UP... I openly challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to write the Election Commission and ask for a review of the voting process and machines,” says BSP chief Mayawati at a press conference.

Trends show the BJP is leading in 310 of the state’s 403 seats, leaving the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance way behind at 68 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party, once a dominant power, faces decimation.

“Either the EVMs did not accept votes other than BJP, or the votes of other parties have gone to BJP in the EVMs.”

“I request the Election Commission of India to suspend the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly election results and get a foreign investigative team to probe the voting machines.”

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