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Mayawati rakes up EVM issue, to move court against 'tampering'

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Smarting from the drubbing at the hustings, chief today decided to move against the alleged tampering of EVMs and observe a 'black day' every month against the "of democracy" by the

charged that the victory in UP polls smacks of "dishonesty" and "fraud" and

"After we did not get a proper reply from the Commission on our complaint lodged with them soon after the were announced on March 11, the party has decided to go to in this matter so as to save (the country) from such a in the future and save democracy," she said.

The leader was speaking to mediapersons ahead of addressing partymen at a review meeting on debacle in the recent polls.

BSP, which had 80 MLAs in the outgoing Assembly, managed to win just 19 seats in the 403-member House.

"Our party has also decided to launch an agitation in and other states to expose this ..The party will observe 'black day' at all the district headquarters in UP and state headquarters in other states on the 11th of every month, the date on which they murdered democracy, and the first demonstration will be on April 11," she said.

The leader, who had alleged largescale tampering in the EVMs soon after were announced on March 11, said that in order to hide its "dishonest victory", has now taken refuge in saying had that been the case they would have done the same in Punjab, Goa and Manipur.

"But they need not take the people as innocent...Had they done the same in other states they would not have been able to give a proper reply to questions raised by people and would have been caught easily," said, adding they did not indulge in tampering in smaller states as they had to keep something for their defence.

"Besides they did so in UP as they used to say that for reaching the Centre they have to go through UP and so concentrated on it," she said.

"They have got this victory through tampering in the EVMs and this win smacks of dishonesty, and of democracy...If the media is honest it will also not be able to digest it," she alleged.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 13:58 IST