UP BJP rejects SP, BSP, Cong charges on EVMs

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Even the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a first time entrant into the UP civic polls, has raised doubts on BJP's results. "The BJP's performance on EVMs and ballot papers is different", claimed senior Congress leader Pradeep Mathur. 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. Giving the results figure, Singh said that out of the total 198 results declared for Nagar Palika chairman, BJP won 68 and lost 125 while for Nagar Palika Parishad member, BJP just won 914 seats and lost 4303 seats. "I can guarantee if Ballot papers are used, BJP won't come to power." she said.

Though the BSP managed to bag two mayoral seats - Aligarh and Meerut, the SP and the Congress drew a blank.

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.

In the civic polls that concluded on Friday, the BJP won 14 of the 16 mayoral seats.

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said there was no tampering but a "setting" in the civic polls.

Addressing a gathering in Kolkata, Akhilesh Yadav said, "BJP's winning percentage is 46% wherever polls were conducted via EVMs and 15% when it was done via ballot papers". "The results haven't been out yet and they have already started making excuses for their defeat".

What could worry the BJP is also the fact that these results have come after a 50-rally campaign by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, while on the other side no one equal to his stature like Mayawati or Akhilesh Yadav campaigned. "But, it lost most of the seats where election was held using ballot paper". Party MLC Rajpal Kashyap said, "It was disheartening to note that the BJP gained on places where EVMs were used". The same were used in 2007 Assembly elections where the BSP emerged victorious and formed the government on its own. "The three parties are indulging in this propaganda to hide their disappointment following the electoral losses", he added.

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