SP questions BJP's claim of sweep in civic polls in UP

Yogi cracks first test as BJP sweeps civic polls

Even as BSP supremo Mayawati advocated the use of ballot paper in future elections instead of EVMs, data released by the State Election Commission based on the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh civic polls showed that the BSP fared poorly where paper ballots were used.

The BJP's performance in the civic body elections during Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's rule is starkly in contrast to the huge majority it won in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Its candidates forfeited deposits in 11 seats.

In UP civic election, almost half of the BJP candidates lost their deposits which is quite opposite the common conception that the party got a grand victory. However, in Nagar Palika Parishad (members) and Nagar Panchayat (chairmen) polls the share reduced to 16 per cent and 19.8 per cent.

BJP won only 68 of the 198 Nagar Palika Parishad seats, 100 of the 438 Nagar Panchayat head posts, 914 of the 5,261 seats for Nagar Palika Parishad members, 662 seats for members of Nagar Panchayats while losing 4,728, Yadav said. Out of 12, 644 seats, it contested against 8,038.

Samajwadi Party on Tuesday contested the claims of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of sweeping elections to urban local bodies by saying that the ruling party won only in nagar nigam (municipal corporations) and lost badly in the wards of nagar palika parishad and nagar panchayats as well as in polls for municipal chairpersons. He said the BJP lost the Nagar Palika and Nagar Parishad elections. "Otherwise, more of our candidates would have become mayors in the state. and we would have won more seats", she said.

As per the election results, SP candidates forfeited their deposit in 10 out of 16 seats.

Earlier in the day, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had also alleged the same and demanded that the 2019 general elections be held through ballot papers.

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