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UP civic polls: BSP fared bad where paper ballots were used, says state EC

The Samajwadi Party too has blamed EVMs for its poor performance

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Trying to hold together: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati at a party workers' meeting in Meerut last week. Photo: Dalip Kumar
Trying to hold together: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati at a party workers' meeting in Meerut last week. Photo: Dalip Kumar

Even as supremo advocated the use of ballot paper in future elections instead of EVMs, data released by the State based on the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh civic polls showed that the fared poorly where paper ballots were used.

According to the civic poll results, candidates contested on all 16 mayoral seats and won two — Aligarh and Meerut. Its candidates forfeited deposits in 11 seats.

In the mayoral polls, the voting was done through EVMs and 68.7 per cent of candidates lost their deposits. This can be termed better compared to the BSP's performance in Nagar Palika Parishad and Nagar Panchyat polls, where ballots were used, the data showed.

The fielded contested in 186 seats of the Nagar Palika Parishad, in which 131 (70.43 per cent) of its candidates had to forfeit their deposits.

Similarly, in the Nagar Panchyat Chairman polls, the contested in 357 seats in which 268 (75 per cent) of its candidates lost their deposits.

A day after the civic polls results were released, had challenged the that the saffron party would lose the general elections due in 2019 if ballot papers were used instead of EVMs.

"If the 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. And I can say with full confidence that if the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are held by ballot paper, (the BJP) will not come to power," she said.

alleged that the government machinery was "misused" in the urban local body polls. "Otherwise, more of our candidates would had become mayors in the state... and we would have won more seats," she said.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, making light of Mayawati's charges, said she should ask her mayors to resign and contest those two seats again in ballot-based elections.

The Samajwadi Party too has blamed EVMs for its poor performance.

As per the election results, candidates forfeited deposits in 10 out of 16 seats.

The SP, however, fared better than the in the seats where ballot papers were used.

In the Nagar Palika Parishad, of the 190 candidates fielded by the SP, 83 (43.68 per cent) lost deposits and in Nagar Panchyat Chairman polls, 207 candidates (54.47 per cent) lost their deposits in the 380 seats the party contested in.

First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 18:06 IST
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