After the U.S. Election, Rigging Complained in India. Is it Russia?

Mayawati. Photo: BSP
Mayawati. Photo: BSP

Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had hired software and technology experts to manipulate the voting machines and win the election.

By Rakesh Raman

As the election rigging issue is still hot in the U.S., similar complaints have surfaced in India. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati alleged today that a large-scale election rigging has happened in the Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) assembly election for which the results were declared today.

Mayawati – who is a former Chief Minister of U.P. – has blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headed by India’s Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi for the voting fraud.

She has said that BJP has rigged the election by tampering with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) in U.P. which is the largest state in India with a voter population of over 140 million.

While the counting of votes is still in progress today (March 11, 7:15 p.m.), the BJP has won the 403-seat assembly election with more than 300 seats.

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Although BJP has rejected Mayawati’s allegations, the BSP leader has already filed a complaint against BJP. In its complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner, Mayawati’s BSP has stated that BJP had hired software and technology experts to manipulate the voting machines and win the election.

She also added that similar rigging had happened in the 2014 Lok Sabha election also that Modi won to become the PM. However, Mayawati has not yet pointed the finger at any foreign power such as Russia which is believed to have stolen the presidential election for Donald Trump.

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The former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein had repeatedly complained that besides Russian hacking, the defective electronic voting machines (EVMs) had helped Trump win. She had also suggested that the EVMs must have an auditable paper-based ballot trail.

Similarly, Mayawati has appealed to the Election Commission of India to stop counting votes and hold fresh election in U.P. using traditional paper ballots.

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Although another major party Congress which also lost the election in U.P. has accepted the results, it has said that the Election Commission must hold proper investigation to know if BJP has indulged in election rigging.

Randeep Singh Surjewala, the media in-charge of Congress, said today that the Election Commission must clear the doubts raised by Mayawati. He added that an investigation is required to ensure the integrity of our democratic process.

If the U.P. election and the earlier Lok Sabha election of 2014 were stolen unscrupulously by the BJP – as Mayawati has alleged – the possibility of BJP’s connivance with a foreign power such as Russia cannot be ruled out.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

Photo courtesy: Bahujan Samaj Party

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