Independents - not BJP - won Uttar Pradesh civic polls

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Mayawati's remarks came a day after her party came second to the BJP in the civic body polls held in Uttar Pradesh.

The social media was quick to question why the BJP swept EVM-based polls but lost in four other local elections held with ballot papers. "And, I can say with full confidence that if the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are held using ballot paper, they (the BJP) will not come to power", Ms Mayawati claimed.

Samajwadi Party (SP) spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary alleged that the BJP again misused EVMs to win 14 mayoral contests and reiterated the demand that ballot paper be used in the future elections.

BJP, however, managed to grab 70 seats of Nagar Palika chairmen, followed by 43 independents, SP 43, BSP 29 and Congress 9.

Mr. Yadav did not elaborate or provide data for his claim.

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"BJP has only won 15% seats in Ballot paper areas and 46% in EVM areas", he tweeted.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was quick to point this out. Former chief ministers - BSP chief Mayawati as well as Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav - claimed that the BJP scores have been high only in places where EVMs were used. "The results haven't been out yet and they have already started making excuses for their defeat". As a matter of fact, BJP fared rather poorly in some of the semi-urban areas, where it had to remain content with barely 100 seats of Nagar Panchayat chairman, while independents gave everyone a beating by grabbing as many as 182 seats. "Then why there is so much of halla (noise) about this?" "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.

"It won 14 out of 16 mayoral seats in UP due to electronic voting machines (EVMs)".

UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey said opposition parties were indulging in propaganda only to hide their disappointment following the electoral losses. BJP stood in sharp contrast at 1,586, followed by 903 of SP, 477 of BSP, 271 of Congress and 36 of AAP.

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