Addressing the West Bengal state conference of the SP in Kolkata, a day after the civic poll results were declared, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the BJP had done far better in the seats where EVMs were used.
"Interestingly, where the polls were conducted through EVMs, the victory percentage of BJP was 46 but where it was carried through ballots, it was 15 per cent,"he said".
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.
While there is no doubt that the BJP had fared very well in the 16 municipal corporations and has succeeded in getting 14 of its mayoral candidates elected, a closer look at the Nagar Palika Parishad and Nagar Panchayat polls paints the picture which is not too comfortable for the rulings dispensation.
According to the state election commission, the AAP has also managed to win three corporator seats in the urban body polls as well.
"If BJP is honest and believes in democracy then discard EVMs and conduct voting on Ballot papers", she added. The BSP should clarify how the party won two seats of Mayor in Aligarh and Meerut if the EVMs are faulty.
The BJP could win only 17.53 % seats of the nagar palika parishad members, the data revealed.
The BJP failed to open its account in as many as 36 districts, while many of its nominees also lost their deposits at several places.
What could worry the BJP is also the fact that these results have come after a 50-rally campaign by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, while on the other side no one equal to his stature like Mayawati or Akhilesh Yadav campaigned. She went on to say that if this happened, the BJP will never return to power ever. "But, it lost most of the seats where election was held using ballot paper". This is barely 28 per cent, which is less than the passing percentage of 33. Party MLC Rajpal Kashyap said, "It was disheartening to note that the BJP gained on places where EVMs were used". "And it was because of the EVMs that Mayawati came to power in 2007 in UP, while Akhilesh emerged victorious in 2012". The voters have given a befitting reply to the baseless allegations levelled by them.
"Misusing the official government machinery is actually part of the SP, BSP and Congress culture".