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Those doubting EVMs afraid of going to polls: UP DyCM

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

In an apparent retort to Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav, Deputy Minister Sharma said today that those raising questions over Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were afraid of facing the 2019 elections.

"We are making progress in a big way and this has caused jealously among some people...Opposition is terming the peoples' mandate as fault in the EVMs...there is a move to present ones own shortcomings and wrong policies as the fault of EVMs," Sharma told newspersons here.

He said that going by the claims of these critics, there was nothing wrong in the EVMs in the past 15 years when other parties formed governments.

"Now EVMs have started developing faults...what can be more humiliating for the people that their mandate is being challenged by raising a question mark on the EVMs ...This is like making a mockery of democracy," Sharma pointed out.

He said that some people were making fun of all the works being undertaken by the and presenting an inaccurate picture before the people as they were afraid of the 2019 polls.

"I remember the statement of former J and K minister in which he had advised the Opposition parties to prepare for 2024 elections instead of 2019," Sharma said.

On Saturday last, Yadav had convened a meeting of opposition parties to mobilise opinion for demanding that the upcoming bye-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur be conducted through ballot papers instead of EVMs. But the and decided to stay away.

Sharma also attacked Yadav's statement on Minister Yogi Adityanath's recent visit to saying that BJP does not believe in any jinx and the minister will repeatedly go to

During a press conference yesterday, Yadav had taken potshots at Adityanath over the 'jinx'.

"The impact of jinx was visible. I have seen in pictures that he (Yogi) could not flag off or press the button for starting metro services," Yadav said.

To a question on potatoes being thrown on roads allegedly by farmers as a mark of protest,Sharma said the was committed to safeguard the interests of farmers and there was no report of any committing suicide in the state.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 19:20 IST