12th April 2017, 10:30 AM IST
The Bahujan Samaj Party today organised protests across Uttar Pradesh against “manipulation of EVMs” and “murder of democracy”.
BSP chief Mayawati had announced earlier that her party would organise “Virodh Diwas (Opposition Day)” on the 11th of every month because the Assembly election results were announced on March 11.
Today’s was the first round of protests. Hundreds of BSP workers gathered at all 75 district headquarters of Uttar Pradesh and raised slogans against “the BJP’s design to hijack democracy by tampering” with electronic voting machines.
The BSP has also filed a case in the Supreme Court for a probe into “EVM manipulation to benefit the BJP”.
Addressing supporters, Mayawati alleged “EVM fraud” in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and said she would fight “this battle at every level”.
“The majority of non-BJP outfits have raised questions over the genuineness of EVMs. The Election Commission should also realise this and take a decision to hold all future elections through ballot papers. This is the only way to restore people’s faith in democracy.”
Mayawati accused “power-hungry Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah of murdering democracy in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and crushing the people’s mandate in Goa and Manipur”. “I will continue fighting against them inside and outside Parliament.”
The Congress was the largest party in Goa and Manipur. But the BJP formed the government in the two states by forging alliances with smaller parties.
Mayawati alleged that the BJP was working to “make the common man a slave” by handing power and the economy to “some capitalists of the country”. “The BJP follows anti-poor, anti-Dalit and anti-minority policies. Its recent moves have created tension in the society.”