BSP supremo Mayawati Tuesday demanded that the upcoming Lok Sabha polls be held using ballot papers instead of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
The demand comes after a self-proclaimed US-based Indian cyber expert Monday made a sensational claim that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were “rigged” through the EVMs, which, he said, can be hacked.
“The latest revelations have made the doubts on the EVMs more serious. It is better under such conditions that the future elections, especially the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, be conducted using ballot papers which can be verified at three levels unlike the EVMs,” she said in a statement issued in Lucknow.
Urging the Election Commission to take strong note of the issue, Mayawati said the latest “revelations” are most sensational and expose the “conspiracy” of the BJP.
“This has directly put the BJP in the dock but the central government is unlikely to take any positive step to address the issue because of its egoistical and stubborn attitude,” she alleged.
She said that the BSP was the first party to question the credibility of EVMs.
Mayawati claimed that the people have also started to feel that their votes are being continuously “looted” in an organised manner.
The BSP chief said the people’s apprehension over ‘vote humara, raj tumhara’ (our vote, your rule) needs to be addressed.