Mayawati foists her brother on party

Rattled by 2017 poll rout Mayawati opens BSP horizons to alliance options

Rattled by 2017 poll rout Mayawati opens BSP horizons to alliance options Lucknow

"I hope future elections will be held on ballot papers only", he said.

Earlier in the day, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said he had heard that voters had pressed the Samajwadi Party symbol on the EVM, but the votes went into the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) basket.

"I had only said that if Prime Minister's picture will be there, then the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's should also be there", he said.

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Friday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of targetting her for raising a voice against alleged electronic voting machines tampering and said she was not averse to shaking hands with other parties in her fight against the saffron party on the issue.

"No one can say when the EVM will develop a snag or the software will fail". When will the software fail. "The real election is in has 80 seats", Mr. Yadav told reporters here during a party event. We will stay in power for a long time because we can provide what the public wants.

The BSP chief came down heavily on the BJP-led Central government accusing it of using the official machinery to target her and her family including Anand Kumar.

Akhilesh claimed that he does not discriminate on the basis of caste and religion but it was disappointing that in the recent elections he was seen as representing only his caste and religion. Mr Yadav announced that his party was launching a two-month membership drive with the aim of reaching out to all sections of the society.

He is scheduled to attend a party meeting called by the BSP chief on April 19, the agenda of which has not been disclosed but party insiders said Mayawati has called it to introduce her brother to district level functionaries in UP.

"We will oppose only when the BJP government will have its budget and will run its schemes", he said.

"Had such an incident taken place during the SP government, the media would have made it a big issue". "Who knows how many people are being assaulted in the name of Romeo, and how many are being humiliated", said the former CM.

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