Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday said that she would have attended the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi if it was on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The BSP chief alleged that people’s faith in the EVMs had dwindled to a “worrisome level”. She described the idea of simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls as a ploy to divert attention from issues like poverty.
Mayawati’s statement came hours before the all-party meeting called by Modi in the national capital to discuss several issues, including the idea of “one nation, one election”, celebration of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary this year and 75 years of Independence in 2022. In a statement, Mayawati said: “Elections in any democracy can never be a problem, nor the elections should be weighed from the point of view of expenditure and extravagance. The ‘one nation, one election’ is, an attempt to divert the attention from burning national issues, and is simply an illusion.” (IANS)