UP BJP rejects SP, BSP, Cong charges on EVMs
Rejecting charges of irregularities in Urban Local Bodies elections and tampering of Electronic Voting Machines levelled by Bahujan Samaj Party, the State BJP accused Opposition parties of ‘spreading misinformation to hide their frustration’ after losing the ULB poll.
“Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party and Congress are indulging in misinformation campaign following their crushing defeat in ULB elections. Their allegations are baseless. The charges are prompted by their desperation to mislead the people. The civic elections have wiped out caste-based political parties and the opposition lost badly where elections were held through traditional ballot papers,’’ said State BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey in Lucknow on Saturday.
“Its through these EVMs that the Bahujan Samaj Party won Mayoral election of Aligarh and Meerut. The same were used in 2007 Assembly elections where the BSP emerged victorious and formed the government on its own. The Samajwadi Party too won a clear majority in 2012 Assembly poll and EVMs were used in the elections,’’ argued Pandey.
The BJP leader said that the abuse of state machinery is an integral part of political culture of the SP, BSP and Congress. He said that the electorate of the state gave a befitting reply to the baseless allegations levelled by opposition parties. He claimed that people will again give a befitting reply to Opposition parties in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Meanwhile, after the triumph in ULB elections, the state BJP has decided to focus on elections to the co-operative societies and by-poll to Sikandra Assembly seat (Kanpur Dehat). A meeting of office bearers of the state unit is scheduled for Sunday which is expected to discuss and analyze results of ULB elections and formulate strategy for elections of cooperative societies.
State BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that all senior leaders will attend the meeting on Sunday. “The main agenda of the meeting would be to identify the causes where the party failed to perform,” Pathak said.
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