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Maya dares BJP to go for ballots in ’19

| | Lucknow | in Sunday Pioneer

Buoyed by her party’s perfromance in Urban Local Bodies poll, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Saturday alleged widespread tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and dared the BJP to conduct the next Lok Sabha elections using ballot papers if they thought that the mandate was in their favour.

Mayawati visted Risaldar Park area in Lucknow on Saturday to pay tributes to Bhante Pragyanand, who died in Lucknow on November 30.

Bhante Pragyanand, came from Sri Lanka and was among seven bhikshus who initiated Dr B R Ambedkar into Buddhism in Nagpur on October 14, 1956. He used to live at Buddha Vihar in Risaldar Park area of Lucknow, where Dr Ambedkar visited him on two occasions. The last rites would be held in Shravasti.

“If the BJP is honest and believes in democracy, then it should discard EVMs and conduct voting through ballot papers in the 2019 general elections. If BJP leaders believe people are with them, they must implement it. I can guarantee if ballot papers are used, the party will not come to power again,” asserted Mayawati.

During her brief chat with media persons, Mayawati looked enthused by the party’s performance in the civic polls wherein BSP candidates bagged two Mayoral seats. The BSP chief thanked the ‘sarv samaj’ for supporting party candidates and blamed the BJP for misusing official machinery to win the elections.

“Had the BJP not misused official machinery, the BSP could have won more mayoral seats,” she stressed.

“We fought Urban Local Bodies poll on party symbol and it makes me happy to say that along with Dalits, people from backward castes, upper castes and minorities especially Muslims, also voted for us in large number,” she claimed.




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