Akhilesh Yadav (IANS/File photo)

Akhilesh Yadav (IANS/File photo)

UP elections: Akhilesh alleges malpractices before counting

Lucknow, March 8, 2022

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, on Tuesday, alleged that a top official in the Chief Minister's secretariat was telephoning District Magistrates across Uttar Pradesh and asking them to slow down the counting process on Thursday if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is losing.

Counting of votes in the elections to the 403-member UP Legislative Assembly, as well as in the assembly elections in four other states -- Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur -- will begin in the morning on March 10.

Addressing a hurriedly convened press conference here, Yadav alleged that this was being done especially for 47 seats that BJP had won with a margin of less than 5,000 votes in 2017.

He said that a truck carrying electronic voting machines (EVMs) had been intercepted by party workers in Varanasi while two other trucks managed to speed away.

"If the EVMs were being moved, then the candidates concerned should have been informed as per the Election Commission guidelines. We have videos to prove what we are saying," he stated.

The SP chief said that EVMs had been found in Bareilly and Sonbhadra.

Yadav said that the exit polls were done in a particular manner to create a perception that the BJP is winning so that they can indulge in malpractices during counting.

He appealed to his party workers and "honest officers and journalists" to keep a vigil on strong rooms where EVMs have been kept.

"If farmers can stay in one place for a year, why can't we stay for the next three days in one place. This is the last chance to save democracy, to save your vote. If this chance is gone, then we will have to launch a movement to save democracy," he stated.


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