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BJP tried to manipulate UP civic polls but didn’t succeed: Mayawati

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday claimed the BJP did not succeed in the recent urban local body elections in UP despite its efforts to “manipulate” the polls, except for the Mayor’s posts.

“Despite the tall claims of the BJP, the reality is that efforts were made to manage and manipulate these elections right from the beginning, but the people did not allow BJP’s plans to succeed, except for the mayoral election,” the BSP president said.

“If the mayor’s elections were also done by ballot instead of the electronic voting machines, the result would have definitely been different,” added Mayawati.

The BJP won the mayoral elections in all 17 municipal corporations. The BSP and the SP could not win a single mayoral seat.

According to the results of the two-phase urban local body elections held on May 4 and May 11, the BJP won the mayoral elections in all 17 municipal corporations and bagged 813 of the 1,420 corporator posts. The opposition Samajwadi Party bagged 191 corporator posts and the Bahujan Samaj Party 85, PTI news agency reported.

The tall Dalit leader urged the Election Commission to put an effective check on the misuse the official machinery by the BJP in the polls, as well as curbing the influence of religion in politics.

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