Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, has responded to his party’s losses in the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan assembly elections. He has once again hinted that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were responsible for his party’s defeat. Yadav has also called for elections to be held using ballot papers.
Speaking in Varanasi, Yadav said that his party was not disappointed with the results. “In a democracy, such results are expected,” he said. “There are still many people whose hopes have been dashed, but the fight is long. The results will be different in the future.”
Yadav questioned the EVM process and said that ballot papers should be used. “Even developed countries like the United States use ballot papers,” he said. “If the United States can take a month to count the votes, why can’t we? Democracy and the Constitution are the priority for the country.”
On the issue of alliances, Yadav said that parties should support the strongest party in each region. “The slogan in the coming elections will be ‘Household unemployment, when will there be employment?'” he said.
Yadav also responded to the Congress party’s stance in Madhya Pradesh. He said that there had been talks between the two parties before the election, and that the Congress had no reason not to give the Samajwadi Party seven seats.
Yadav also criticized the Yogi Adityanath government’s supplementary budget. He said that the government should have allocated at least 5,000 crores of rupees, and that the government was trying to avoid spending money.
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