"The BJP won wherever the EVMs were used, and the SP won wherever ballot papers were used", Khan said, alluding to the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls earlier this year.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also accused the BJP of resorting to EVM related malpractices and demanded that the 2019 general elections be held through ballot papers. The BJP won 14 out of the 16 mayoral seats in the state.
As the Bharatiya Janata Party hailed Uttar Pradesh local body results as "massive victory" and vindication of people's faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies including GST, rival parties got together to hit back and blamed the results, especially of Mayor elections, on EVM tampering. "We say BJP's winning percentage is 46% when elections were conducted through EVMs and it was as low as 15% when polling was done through ballot papers". It won 70 posts of the Municipal (Nagar Palika) Parishad presidents as against Samajwadi Party's 45, BSP's 29 and Congress 9.More news: Canada's unemployment rate hits lowest level since 2008
Attempting to place her party squarely against the BJP, Mayawati has shown signs of distancing from the Congress and SP by contesting on all 182 seats in Gujarat.
The Congress also compared the performance of the ruling party where elections were held through EVMs with those where ballot papers were used. "But in this election, many seats have gone to independent candidates", he said.
Mr. Yadav did not elaborate or provide data for his claim. This is clear from results of seats where ballot papers were used. "After the (vote) counting on December 18, the BJP will emerge victorious and form the government with 150 seats". "Then why there is so much of halla (noise) about this?" Mayawati-led BSP came second by winning the mayoral posts in western UP's Aligarh and Meerut towns.
State spokesman of the party, Rajendra Chowdhary said the BJP had trumpeted the results as its victory though this "was neither the truth nor the exact reality". The voters have given a befitting reply to the baseless allegations levelled by them.