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'BJP got 15% seats with ballot': Akhilesh blames EVM for UP civic poll rout

The Samajwadi Party chief said the BJP got 46 per cent of the seats, but only 15 per cent where voting was done by ballot

IANS  |  Kolkata | Lucknow 

Akhilesh Yadav, SP chief, Samajwadi Party
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chief on Saturday put the blame on the for his party's rout in the civic polls, and accused the of using all means including state resources to win the elections.

Addressing the West Bengal state conference of the SP in Kolkata, a day after the civic poll results were declared, the former Chief Minister said the had done far better in the seats where were used.

"Where voting was done by EVM, the got 46 per cent of the seats, but only 15 per cent where voting was done by ballot," he said.

alleged that the UP government used government helicopters like "Pushpak Viman" and "brought Ram and Sita to Ayodhya".

Citing an example, he said UP Chief Minister had visited five times during the campaign.

However, did not agree that the had improved its showing in the civic polls, that came eight months after Adityanath was sworn in as chief minister.

"The had won three-fourth of the seats in the assembly polls. But in this election, many seats have gone to independent candidates," he said.

Earlier in the day, SP UP unit chief Naresh Uttam had charged the with intimidating polling officials and opposition party candidates, tampering voter lists and manipulating the

Talking to the media in Lucknow, Uttam said the indulged in all "undemocratic acts" to emerge victorious. "The ruling party should realise that we have got good (number of) seats despite the fact that our chief did not canvass," he said.

Uttam said had campaigned extensively, the results would have been much different and the would have been wiped out in the urban body polls.

The had nothing to project about its government and hence they not only engaged in electoral malpractices they also pressed into service the entire government machinery, including the cabinet, the SP leader said.

State spokesman of the party, Rajendra Chowdhary said the had trumpeted the results as its victory though this "was neither the truth nor the exact reality".

"has done extensive bungling and now is telling the incomplete results," he added.

The (BSP) also accused the of resorting to EVM related malpractices and demanded that the 2019 general elections be held through ballot papers.

First Published: Sun, December 03 2017. 10:08 IST
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