Oppn blames EVMs for BJP win in UP civic polls

Bharatiya Janata Party won the Uttar Pradesh civic polls claiming 14 out of the 16 mayoral seats

Of the total 11,994 BJP candidates for elections to municipal wards in the three-tier civic polls, 9,812 lost, he said. Also, BSP chief Mayawati threw an open challenge to BJP to hold the 2019 LS polls using ballot papers.

"If the BJP is honest and believes in democracy then they should discard the EVMs and conduct voting on ballot papers".

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also accused the BJP of resorting to EVM related malpractices and demanded that the 2019 general elections be held through ballot papers. Senior Congress leader Deepak Singh said at Lucknow that the results itself explain that the BJP's mandate in the urban local body elections had decreased, while the vote share of the Congress had gone up. "I can guarantee if Ballot papers are used, BJP won't come to power." she said.

In its first outing in the U.P. municipality polls, the AAP won two posts of chairperson of municipal council and over 40 seats in different local bodies.

Mr. Yadav did not elaborate or provide data for his claim. Whereas in Nagar Palika BJP secured 916 posts against 4295 by others and in Nagar Panchayat polls it won won- 663 seats in comparison to 4715 won by other parties and independents.

Calling for ballot papers to be brought back, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Saturday said that if EVMs are not used, BJP can not come to power. "The results haven't been out yet and they have already started making excuses for their defeat". "The civic elections results clearly show that both SP and Congress have lost their janadhaar, while BSP is on revival course".

State spokesman of the party, Rajendra Chowdhary said the BJP had trumpeted the results as its victory though this "was neither the truth nor the exact reality". "And it was because of the EVMs that Mayawati came to power in 2007 in UP, while Akhilesh emerged victorious in 2012".

UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey said opposition parties were indulging in propaganda only to hide their disappointment following the electoral losses.

"Misusing the official government machinery is actually part of the SP, BSP and Congress culture". The victory has also been rendered bitter by serious allegations of bungling in voter lists and manipulation of EVM's.

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