People and not EVMs should choose representatives: Mayawati

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien tried to pacify the BSP chief, saying that the matter on electoral reforms was scheduled for discussion on Wednesday and the issue can be then discussed.

Published: 21st March 2017 01:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd March 2017 12:19 AM   |  A+A-

BSP supremo Mayawati. (File Photo | PTI)

BSP supremo Mayawati. (File Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday yet again raised the issue of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM)  “tampering” in the Rajya Sabha and demanded a law to be tabled in the ongoing session to do away with voting through EVM.

Mayawati has been consistently raising the issue of alleged EVM tampering after the party got a drubbing in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. 

Mayawati got support from other Opposition parties including the Congress when she raised the issue during Zero Hour. The allegation was contested by the treasury benches.

“Those elected for the Assemblies and Parliament are elected by people and not EVMs as per the provisions of the Constitution. This new electoral system of electing representatives through EVMS is murder of democracy,” she said.

When BJP was in power and Congress was in the Government, the BJP members claimed that free and fair election was not possible through EVMs but now the party is saying the ballot voting was correct.

Amid the continuing interruptions, deputy chairman PJ Kurien said a discussion on the issue was slated for Wednesday.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs said the allegation (EVM tampering) was an insult to the mandate to which the deputy chairman also concurred.

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