UP polls: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav alleges ‘EVM fraud, vote theft’

Just two days before the results are scheduled to be announced for Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday alleged “EVM fraud” and “vote theft” by the BJP.

In an emergency press conference held in Lucknow, the SP chief claimed that Election Commission officials were tampering with EVMs and that he no longer trusts the EC. “I have no hope from the Election Commission. People themselves, in some way, have to fight to save democracy.”

The party chief alleged that the state administration is involved in transporting EVMs without informing the candidates. “We need to be alerted if EVMs are being transported this way. Varanasi DM is transporting EVMs without giving any information to local candidates. This is theft. We need to save our votes. We may go to court against it but before that, I want to appeal to the people to save the democracy.”

However, refusing the allegations, UP chief electoral officer (CEO) said the EVMs were being brought in Varanasi for the training of polling officers scheduled on Wednesday.

“EVMs used in polling are sealed and guarded and are being observed through 24×7 monitoring,” he insisted.

Meanwhile, Union minister Anurag Thakur, reacting sharply to the allegations, said, “Akhilesh Ji understood during polls that people aren’t serious about SP; jail-bail people were more on their 1st list…’10 March ko Akhilesh Ji kahenge EVM bewafa hai’, he didn’t even wait, he said it on March 8 only.”

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