Get your 14 Mayors to resign, re-contest with paper ballots: Mayawati

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath speaks at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi on Friday. PTI

"If the BJP claims that they enjoy the mandate of the people, and the entire country is with them, then they should set aside the EVMs and hold the elections through ballot paper".

Earlier in the morning, Ms Mayawati said "with full confidence" that the BJP would be defeated in the general elections due in 2019 if ballot papers were used in place of EVMs.

While thanking the people of U.P. for voting for the party, AAP leader and its in-charge for U.P., Sanjay Singh, said on Saturday that people were being "fooled" to think the results were a big victory for the BJP and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, instead of a "victory of EVMs". "I can guarantee if ballot papers are used, the BJP won't come to power", Mayawati said.

Though the BSP managed to bag two mayoral seats - Aligarh and Meerut, the SP and the Congress drew a blank.

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Mr. Yadav did not elaborate or provide data for his claim. "But, it lost most of the seats where election was held using ballot paper".

However, Akhilesh Yadav-led SP failed to win a single mayoral seat.

Echoing Mayawati's remarks, Akhilesh Yadav said, "BJP says a total of 16 elections have been held in UP, out of which 14 were won by BJP, 2 by BSP & Congress-SP disappeared. The results haven't been out yet and they have already started making excuses for their defeat".

Polling in UP was held for 16 nagar nigams, 198 nagar palika parishads and 438 nagar panchayats with an average turnout of all the three phases estimated at 52.5 per cent of the 3.32 crore voters. 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. This is barely 28 per cent, which is less than the passing percentage of 33. The same were used in 2007 Assembly elections where the BSP emerged victorious and formed the government on its own. He said that the electorate of the state gave a befitting reply to the baseless allegations levelled by opposition parties.

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