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UP BJP rejects SP, BSP, Cong charges on EVMs

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. 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.

The victory of Bahujan Samaj Party on two mayoral seats in the civic elections has brought the political spotlight back on the much anticipated anti-BJP grand alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP won 14 of the total 16 mayoral seats.

According to the state election commission, the AAP has also managed to win three corporator seats in the urban body polls as well.

They cited how the BJP had won 14 of 16 posts of the Mayor where the polls were conducted with EVMs, but fared miserably in all other civic elections conducted with the ballot paper. If BJP believes people are with them, they must implement it. It won 70 posts of the Municipal (Nagar Palika) Parishad presidents as against Samajwadi Party's 45, BSP's 29 and Congress 9.

They accused the BJP of tampering with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the civic polls.

Supporting his statement, party leader and former UP minister Azam Khan said the BJP won wherever EVMs were used and SP won wherever ballot papers were used. "But in this election, many seats have gone to independent candidates", he said.

The BJP could win only 17.53 % seats of the nagar palika parishad members, the data revealed.

The Congress which once again failed to make a mark also compared the performance of the ruling party where elections were held through EVMs with those where ballot papers were used. "But, it lost most of the seats where election was held using ballot paper". The rest were won by the BSP. This is barely 28 per cent, which is less than the passing percentage of 33. Their allegations are baseless.

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". The same were used in 2007 Assembly elections where the BSP emerged victorious and formed the government on its own.

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


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