In an attempt to take the sting out of BJP's victory in the recently-held civic elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party on Tuesday said that the BJP won only in those constituencies where electronic voting machines (EVMs) were used.
An analysis of the data from the three-tiered urban bodies poll also shows that BJP's vote share across all the posts up for grabs in the polls was 30.8 per cent, with its share in the contests for members of nagar panchayats - the lowest of the three tiers - a mere 11.1 per cent. But in the 2006 polls, for instance, he SP had contest less than 40 per cent of nagar panchayat members seats and garnered 13 per cent of the vote.
A day after the civic polls results were released, Mayawati had challenged the BJP that the saffron party would lose the general elections due in 2019 if ballot papers were used instead of EVMs. Senior Congress leader Deepak Singh said at Lucknow that the results itself explain that the BJP's mandate in the urban local body elections had decreased, while the vote share of the Congress had gone up. "Otherwise, more of our candidates would had become mayors in the state".
Calling for ballot papers to be brought back, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Saturday said that if EVMs are not used, BJP cannot come to power. Incidentally, Akhilesh Yadav-led SP failed to win a single mayoral seat.
In the Nagar Palika Parishad, of the 190 candidates fielded by the SP, 83 (43.68 per cent) lost deposits and in Nagar Panchyat Chairman polls, 207 SP candidates (54.47 per cent) lost their deposits in the 380 seats the party contested in.