NEW DELHI: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday dismissed a "red herring" of EVM manipulation by opposition parties and social media, pointing out that it had won not only 14 of 16 posts of mayors through EVM, but also the highest seats in every field even in the Uttar Pradesh urban local elections conducted with the ballot papers. 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.
"They could not manipulate the polls in Meerut and Aligarh as there was massive anger against the BJP and they feared a backlash in case EVMs were tampered with", the BSP leader said. Also, BSP chief Mayawati threw an open challenge to BJP to hold the 2019 LS polls using ballot papers. "It has become necessary now that 2019 Parliament election may be conducted through ballot papers", Yadav tweeted. 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. Party MLC Rajpal Kashyap said, "It was disheartening to note that the BJP gained on places where EVMs were used".
Of the total 11,994 BJP candidates for elections to municipal wards in the three-tier civic polls, 9,812 lost, he said. The couning was held was held under tight security cover and CCTV surveillance at 334 centres in district and tehsil headquarters. "Then why there is so much of halla (noise) about this?" He said that the electorate of the state gave a befitting reply to the baseless allegations levelled by opposition parties. "People who have won seats in elections held through Electronic Voting Machines are now questioning it", Adityanath had said.