UP Congress blames BJP and media for distorting civic polls result

In Lucknow party UP chief spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said the BJP had lost the civic polls badly

In Lucknow party UP chief spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said the BJP had lost the civic polls badly

Raising the pitch, BSP chief Mayawati said she has full confidence that the saffron party would lose the general elections in 2019 if ballot papers are used, instead EVMs.

Using the UP results at a rally in Gujarat, BJP national president Amit Shah said, "Whatever has happened in Uttar Pradesh is nothing compared to what is going to happen in Gujarat on December 18. I can guarantee if ballot papers are used, the BJP won't come to power", Mayawati said.

"If BJP claims that they enjoy the mandate of the people, and the entire country is with them, then they should set aside the EVMs and hold the elections through ballot paper". As a matter of fact, BJP fared rather poorly in some of the semi-urban areas, where it had to remain content with barely 100 seats of Nagar Panchayat chairman, while independents gave everyone a beating by grabbing as many as 182 seats. Mayawati-led BSP came second by winning the mayoral posts in western UP's Aligarh and Meerut towns.

Joining the chorus Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav too cried foul. Congress even lost in its pocket borough Amethi.

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The vote share of independent candidates has shot up from a paltry 2.5 per cent in the March 2017 Assembly election to 20.4 per cent in the civic polls, making it obvious that more than the track-record of political parties, it was the reputation of individuals that carried meaning for the voter at the grass-roots level. Party MLC Rajpal Kashyap said, "It was disheartening to note that the BJP gained on places where EVMs were used". The couning was held was held under tight security cover and CCTV surveillance at 334 centres in district and tehsil headquarters. This is barely 28 per cent, which is less than the passing percentage of 33.

The BJP, however, termed "baseless" the allegations of opposition parties pertaining to the misuse of official machinery. State BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey said, opposition parties were indulging in propaganda only to hide their disappointment following the electoral losses.

Evidently, it was BJP's sweep on 14 of the 16 mayoral seats that built the hype for the ruling party.

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