Oppn blames EVMs for BJP win in UP civic polls

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In a tweet, Party's national president Akhilesh Yadav also said, BJP has only won 15 per cent seats in Ballot paper areas, and 46 per cent in EVM areas.

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

Mayawati on Saturday made similar accusations and demanded that the 2019 general elections take place on the basis of old, traditional ballot papers. The Samajwadi Party too won a clear majority in 2012 Assembly poll and EVMs were used in the elections, " argued Pandey. 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.

"We fought the urban local body polls in Uttar Pradesh on party symbol and I am happy to say that along with the Dalits, people belonging to backward castes, upper castes and minorities, especially Muslims, also voted for us in large numbers", she claimed.

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As the Bharatiya Janata Party hailed Uttar Pradesh local body results as "massive victory" and vindication of people's faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies including GST, rival parties got together to hit back and blamed the results, especially of Mayor elections, on EVM tampering. "Otherwise, more of our candidates would have become mayors in the state...and we would have won more seats", she said. Political experts said that BSP's win in Aligarh and Meerut, along with on a few seats in nagar palika parishads and nagar panchayats, clearly shows that not only is the core Dalit vote base intact but voters of other communities also voted in favour of BSP.

"Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party and Congress are indulging in misinformation campaign following their crushing defeat in ULB elections". Mr Singh said in a statement.

The BJP, however, termed "baseless" the allegations of opposition parties pertaining to the misuse of official machinery. The party emerged victorious in only 922 of the 5,260 seats. "The media is not looking the facts that the BJP failed according to its total winning percentage but was just highlighting the subject (read mayoral results) in which BJP gets distinction", Singh said.