UP Congress blames BJP and media for distorting civic polls result

Shehzad Poonawalla asked that while he had to scrape his way up to get to the party's State Secretary post how did Rahul Gandhi start off as an MP. ANI

UP civic polls outcomes with BJP winning 14 of 16 municipalities, gave red alert to the opposition party.This massive win also reflects an fantastic run in civic polls over the past two years with BJP outperform opponents in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh besides doing well in Odisha and triumph over high-status councils like Bengaluru.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav put the blame on EVMs for his party's rout in the Uttar Pradesh civic polls, and accused the BJP of using all means including state resources to win the elections. In Nagar Panchayat elections, BJP won 100 seats of presidents as against the SP's 83, BSP's 45 and Cong's 17 while winning 664 seats of members as against SP's 453, BSP's 218 and Cong's 126. "The media is not looking the facts that the BJP failed according to its total winning percentage but was just highlighting the subject (read mayoral results) in which BJP gets distinction", Singh said.

"If the BJP 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".

The BSP finished second after the BJP leaving the other main rivals Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress far behind. Adityanath is the priest of the Gorakhshnath temple and is said to have considerable clout there.

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said there was no tampering but a "setting" in the civic polls. Nadira Khatoon, an independent candidate here defeated BJP's Maya Tripathi by 483 votes.

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A new question mark was put on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) as they helped the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) sweep 14 of the 16 mayor's posts even while the party polled very little votes in other elections of the local urban bodies in Uttar Pradesh that were conducted with the ballot papers.

SP leader and MLC Rajpal Kashyap said it was "disheartening to note that the BJP gained in places where EVMs were used".

The BSP contested the urban body polls for the first time on its party symbol, seen as an attempt by its chief Mayawati to stay relevant in a state she has ruled four times.

Polling was held for 16 nagar nigams, 198 nagar palika parishads and 438 nagar panchayats with an average turnout of all the three phases estimated at 52.5% of the 3.32 crore voters.

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