Mamata Banerjee says EVM voting is not verdict of people, questions BJP’s Lok Sabha election win

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has questioned the BJP’s win in the Lok Sabha election saying EVM-based result is not the reflection of popular mandate.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched yet another frontal attack on the BJP accusing it of using money power and resorting to tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) to win the recent Lok Sabha election held over seven phases.

Mamata Banerjee, who held a meeting with the party leaders to review the Trinamool Congress’s performance in the Lok Sabha election today, said, “We want ballot papers back. We don’t want EVM. Save democracy, bring back ballot papers.”

The Opposition parties have been raising the issue of vulnerability of the EVMs in elections. However, she is the first among the big political leaders to have questioned the Lok Sabha election results by crediting the BJP’s win to EVM tampering.

“We will run this campaign across country with all political parties. Even America has done away with it,” said Mamata Banerjee adding, “Only two per cent machines are verified, 98 per cent are not verified.”

The Bengal chief minister claimed that machines were not working and the one that were changed “were not programmed for fair polling. They were pre programmed for a party.”

“One lakh machines are missing. EVM voting is not the verdict of people,” Mamata Banerjee declared. Her comments came in reference to the BJP’s massive victory in the Lok Sabha election.

The BJP won 303 seats on its own and crossed 350-mark in the Lok Sabha along with its allies in the National Democratic Alliance. The party had won 282 Lok Sabha seats in 2014 when the NDA’s tally was at 346.

The Election Commission held the Lok Sabha polls spread over six weeks in April-May and dispelled all speculation about EVM tampering. The Election Commission matched five per cent of Voters Verifiable Paper Trail (VVPAT) slips with the EVM record of polling and the match was 100 per cent in all cases.

However, Mamata Banerjee, whose TMC suffered a major loss compared to 2014 Lok Sabha election in Bengal, sought a political consensus among the Opposition parties requesting them to come together to set up “a fact finding committee” to investigate “this type of election”.

The BJP won 18 of 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal improving its tally from two in the last parliamentary polls. The TMC, which had won 34 Lok Sabha seats in 2014, was reduced to 22 this time.

Source: India Today

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