[“My family had voted for me for sure. How can I get zero vote?” asked Shabana, who contested the polls from Shaharanpur as Indpendent candidate, in the vidoe posted online after the results were declared on Friday. ]
Lucknow: Doubts over the veracity of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) deepened further after videos of two candidates who got zero vote in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh local bodies election surfaced in the media.
Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Apoorva Verma and Independent candidate Shabana have in front of the camera said that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were rigged as they did not register even their own votes.
“My family had voted for me for sure. How can I get zero vote?” asked Shabana, who contested the polls from Shaharanpur as Indpendent candidate, in the vidoe posted online after the results were declared on Friday.
“Where did my vote vanish?” her husband is seen as saying in the video.
“We must at least have bagged 900 votes, including 03 votes of our family,” claimed her husband in the video.
“EVM me sara-sar gad-badi hai,” he said.
Similarly, Samajwadi Party candidate from Janakipuram ward number 58 Apporva Verma also claimed in a video that her vote wasn’t registered by the EVM.
“No impartial election is being conducted, all the elections are being orchestrated to help the BJP win,” she is seen saying in the video.
“Har pratyashi, chahe wo BSP se ho ya Congress se ho ya SP se ho ya AAP se ho. Sab ka aik hi mat hai ki ye chunaav radd kiya jaye aur fir se ho (Every candidate, whether from Congress, SP, BSP or from AAP, everyone is demanding in unison cancellation of this election and seeking a re-election.)
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav too have alleged that the ruling party's win was a result of "rigged" Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and dared the BJP to conduct voting on ballot papers.
"If the BJP is honest and believes in democracy then discard EVMs and conduct voting on ballot papers. General Elections are due in 2019, if the BJP believes people are with them, they must implement it. I can guarantee if ballot papers are used, BJP won't come to power," Mayawati said in Lucknow.
Echoing similar views, Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said, "The BJP says of the total 16 mayoral elections held in UP, 14 were won by BJP, two by BSP and the Congress-SP disappeared. We say that BJP's winning percentage is about 46 per cent wherever polls were conducted via EVMs and 15 per cent when it was done via ballot papers."
Elections in Uttar Pradesh were held for in three phases 16 municipal corporations, 198 Municipal Councils and 438 Nagar Panchayats or notified area councils.
Allegations of rigging and problems in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were reported from different places of Uttar Pradesh during the polling.
Voters protested in Dhawai Nagar locality of Meerut after a voter complained that while pressing the button to vote for BSP, the lights on BJP and NOTA buttons flashed.
Polling was stopped after the complaint and resumed only after the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) was replaced.
Voting was also stopped at Subash Balika Vidyalaya Saket Nagar in Kanpur after voters complained of darkness inside the booth.
Technical glitches in EVMs are also reported in three booths at Mani Ram Bagia Ward number 104 in Kanpur.
Police lathicharge people in Macharia, Kanpur, after they protested against faulty EVMs. Protests over the issue of ‘rigged’ EVMs are also reported from Harsh Nagar area of the city.
Allegations of faulty EVMs were raised in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, and also after Maharashtra civic elections - especially in Mumbai and Pune. The BJP won in all these elections with comfortable leads.