World Media

UP Civic polls: Opposition alleges tampering of EVMs

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

The official break-up of the Uttar Pradesh elections confirmed the figures viral on the social media since early morning showing the BJP's poor show in all polls, except those of mayors, conducted through ballot papers.

BSP sources said "Behenji", in a closed door meeting with her party workers in April, had stated that she would assess the "janadhaar" (people's support) for the Congress and the SP after the civic elections before entering into any alliance.

Even the first time entrant into civic polls, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has made inroads into the polity.

Counting of votes of all 652 Urban Local Bodies is being held at 334 centers in Uttar Pradesh and full results are expected by evening.

Only 664 BJP nominees could make it to the nagar panchayats as members. In the remaining two places, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is leading. "BJP has won only 15% seats in ballot paper areas and 46% in EVM areas", Yadav tweeted.

The Congress which once again failed to make a mark also compared the performance of the ruling party where elections were held through EVMs with those where ballot papers were used. The voters have given a befitting reply to the baseless allegations levelled by them.

At many places like Meerut, Kanpur and Lucknow, there have been reports of candidates who voted for themselves ending up with zero votes, raising questions about the process.

It is preparing a case to go before the Election Commission as well as approach the Supreme Court to reiterate its demand to count paper slips of VVPAT (verifiable paper audit trail) machines to be attached to all EVMs in Gujarat to let people be assured of no hanky-panky in alleged tampering of EVMs.

Adityanath's home town Gorakhpur too had a bad news for the BJP as its corporator candidate has lost in the ward where Adityanath had voted. At Chail, Sarai Akil and Ajuha, independent candidate Shivmani Kesarwani, Congress's Rohit Aazad and Independent Anil Kumar bagged the top posts, respectively.

BJP's embarrassment does not end here.

It's not a clean sweep for the BJP, as the party spokespersons may like others to think. If the diverse oppposition parties could get their act together, the BJP leaders would be forced to spend sleepless nights ahead of the next polls.