Where ballot papers were used, BJP votes down, says Akhilesh Yadav

Terrible Misreading Of Uttar Pradesh Local Body Polls Results

Also, BSP chief Mayawati threw an open challenge to BJP to hold the 2019 LS polls using ballot papers.

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. Samajwadi Party State Unit President Naresh Uttam and party's spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary alleged that the EVMs were misused to win mayoral contests and reiterated the demand that ballot paper be used in the future elections.

While thanking the people of U.P. for voting for the party, AAP leader and its in-charge for U.P., Sanjay Singh, said on Saturday that people were being "fooled" to think the results were a big victory for the BJP and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, instead of a "victory of EVMs".

The Congress also compared the performance of the ruling party where elections were held through EVMs with those where ballot papers were used.

Sanajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati, who have been the state's chief ministers, also claimed the BJP perpetuating the "EVM fraud" to win the elections.

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"BJP has only won 15% seats in Ballot paper areas and 46% in EVM areas", he tweeted.

"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. "The results haven't been out yet and they have already started making excuses for their defeat". In the 652 seats (mayors and chairpersons of nagar palika parishads and nagar panchayats), the BJP lost 470 seats... "Then why there is so much of halla (noise) about this?" "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.

The BJP, however, termed the allegations as baseless and eyewash. Mayawati-led BSP came second by winning the mayoral posts in western UP's Aligarh and Meerut towns.

Overall, in Gorakhpur, BJP won 27 wards, SP 18, BSP 2 and Congress 2.

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