Slamming former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav over his sardonic remarks against the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) alleged tampering, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shrikant Sharma on Saturday asserted that the state was developing under Yogi Adityanath's regime which the former couldn't accept.
"When the world is heading towards technology and moving ahead, Akhilesh Yadav is still talking about his loss and putting the blame on the EVMs. Rather than accepting Adityanath's new ideas and plans for the state, he is condemning and cracking jokes," Sharma told ANI.
Sharma further stated that Akhilesh Yadav was putting EVMs as an excuse of their defeat, which was lame.
"Not accepting one's defeat and putting EVMs as an excuse is just so lame. And this kind of language and mockery by Akhilesh Yadav will not be tolerated in the state," added Sharma.
Resonating similar views, BJP leader Vijay Bahadur Pathak stated that the public of UP has boycotted Akhilesh Yadav which he should accept.
"By giving these speeches, people of UP are not going to accept Yadav as the Chief Minister again. He should accept the fact that the public of Uttar Pradesh have boycotted him. Instead of introspecting, he is blaming the EVMs," Pathak told ANI.
Earlier in the day, Akhilesh Yadav said he had heard the voters pressed on the symbol of the Samajwadi Party, but the votes went into the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) basket.
Further raising doubts on the EVMs, Akhilesh demanded to conduct poll on ballot papers.
"It was being said that symbol of the Samajwadi Party was pressed but votes went to the BJP. We have complained about the issue to the Election Commission because after all, it is a machine and can give faulty results," Akhilesh said while addressing a press conference here.
The Samajwadi Party president continued his tirade against the Yogi Adityanath-led state government and made sardonic remarks on various issues such as anti-Romeo squads, ban on cow slaughter etc.
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