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Mayawati's challenge to BJP: Conduct elections with ballot paper, not EVMs

The BSP chief said BJP's silence showed EVMs had irregularities in elections conducted in India since 2014

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

BSP, Mayawati
Mayawati holds a sword presented to her during a public meeting in Nagpur

chief on Sunday challenged the to conduct and elections on ballot paper instead of electronic voting machines (EVM).

Addressing a rally at Nagpur, said, "If thinks that they are and transparent then they should conduct all the upcoming elections in the country with ballot paper instead of EVM."

She said that the BJP's silence on the issue showed that had irregularities in elections that were conducted in various parts of since 2014.

claimed that the had to suffer heavy losses in elections to the in 2014 as well as the assembly elections in in 2017 due to these irregularities.

Further attacking the and the RSS, Mayawati said that dalits, tribals, and minorities were facing castiest, religious and communal attitude from the so-calledthekedars (custodians)of the Hindu religion.

"It was due this attitude that Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar along with lakhs of his followers had to embrace Buddhism. He was not against Hinduism but he was against the inequality meted out," Mayawati said.

She warned the BJP and the that if this attitude towards the backward sections of society didn't change, she along with crores of others would embrace Buddhism.

Asking her party cadre to be ready for polls, Mayawati said that the BJP would start constructing the Ram Mandir just before the elections to hide their administrative failure at the state and Centre.

She added that the BJP would play the "nationalism" card as well to garner votes.

First Published: Sun, December 10 2017. 20:39 IST