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Cong leader alleges EVM tampering in UP civic polls

Press Trust of India  |  Mathura (UP) 

Senior leader Pradeep Mathur has alleged "tampering" of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the civic polls, leading to the victory of the ruling in 14 of the 16 mayoral seats.

"It's a clear case of EVM tampering," Mathur, the former leader of the Legislature Party in the Assembly, told reporters today.

The swept the civic polls bagging 14 mayoral seats, while Mayawati-led won the mayoral posts in Aligarh and Meerut towns in western Uttar Pradesh.

The leader alleged that the reliability of the Commission has become "a thing of the past".

"I foresee similar in the assembly even though the people there are against the rule and anti-incumbency factor is visible in every area," Mathur said.

Former chairman of Mathura Nagar Palika Shyam Sundare Upadhyay said that it was the "of democracy".

If there was a wave of support in favour of the BJP, why the of majority of Nagar Panchayats and Nagar Palika Parishads in Mathura went against the saffron party, he asked.

The BJP could manage to win only three of the 13 Nagar Panchayats in Mathura district.

While the mayoral poll was held through EVMs, ballot papers were used for elections to Nagar Palika Parishads and Nagar Panchayats.

Polling was held for 16 Nagar Nigams, 198 Nagar Palika Parishads and 438 Nagar Panchayats in Uttar Pradesh in three phases on November 22, 26 and 29. The were announced yesterday.

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First Published: Sat, December 02 2017. 16:45 IST