Uttar Pradesh: SP leader Naresh Uttam Patel claims EVM tampering, targets BJP

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Lucknow: Counting of votes is going on for the assembly elections in five states on Thursday. By 12 noon it will be clear who will be crowned as the ruler of Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, in a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) amid the counting of votes in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Uttam Patel said that the ruling party was “incidents of mishandling of ballot papers and electronic voting machines”. I am destroying democracy.” (EVMs) are being informed.”

He said people have decided to reject the lies of BJP in the state. Patel told ANI, “BJP is ruining democracy. Somewhere ballot papers are being snatched, while other places EVMs (suspected EVM movement) are being found. People have this time to put an end to the lies and lies of the BJP. The mind has been made up.”

Earlier on Thursday, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had also alleged “tampering with electronic voting machines”, adding that the BJP was scared as his party was winning the Ayodhya assembly seat. He urged the Election Commission to look into the incidents of EVM manipulation.

“Exit polls want to create an impression that BJP is winning. This is the last battle for democracy. EVMs are being transported without informing the candidates. If EVMs are being transported like this then we need to be cautious. It is theft.” We need to save our votes. We can go to court but before that I want to appeal to the people to save democracy.

The counting of votes began at 8 am today and will continue till its completion.

The electorally important state saw a multi-cornered contest with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

In the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, the magic figure is 202 and exit polls have predicted a victory for the BJP, retaining power with its allies in the state, for an unprecedented second term. However, surveyors have also predicted that the BJP’s numbers will be less than its strength after the 2017 elections. The SP, which is contesting in alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and some other parties, will improve its performance, the exit polls predicted.

Assembly elections were held in Uttar Pradesh in seven phases from February 10 to March 7 to elect 403 members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

First published:March 10, 2022 at 8:56 am

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