BJP won mayoral election misusing office, EVMs: SP
The Samajwadi Party alleged that the ruling BJP won Mayoral elections by misusing official machinery and later projected a misleading picture that it had swept the Urban Local Bodies elections.
The party reiterated its demand for use of ballot papers in place of Electronic Voting Machines in future elections and alleged that the BJP won 14 Mayoral seats out of 16 by tampering with the EVMs. In recent ULB poll, while EVMs were used in Mayoral elections, traditional ballot papers were used in Nagar Palika Parishad and Nagar Panchyat poll.
State SP chief Naresh Uttam said in Lucknow on Saturday that the BJP has again taken the people of the state for a ride by claiming that it has won the civic polls when actually it had lost it.
“In 2014 Lok Sabha poll, the BJP win percentage was 88.71 per cent as it won 71 Lok Sabha seats out of the total 80 seats. This rate came down to 77.41 per cent in Assembly polls in March this year as the BJP won only 312 seats out of 403. In ULB elections, the win percentage plumetted to a meagre 27.71 per cent. Bu winning poll in 14 cities, the BJP has been bragging about sweeping the ULB poll,” said the SP spokesman.
However, the two leaders did not give any details about success of their candidates in the elections. They alleged that the BSP’s win in two Mayoral seats was sponsored by the BJP.
The leaders also refused to comment on why the Muslims in west UP did not support their candidates and extended their support either to the BSP or the Congress.
State SP chief Naresh Uttam alleged that the BJP government in UP including its ministers were engaged in civic elections which paralysed the government for a month. He said that the hike in power tariff a day after polling shows the real face of the BJP. “There is little concern in the government for procurement of paddy, potato from the farmers.
The party brass would soon meet to review the party’s performance in civic polls,” he said.
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