"It has become necessary now that 2019 Parliament election may be conducted through ballot papers", Yadav tweeted.
Even more significant is the fact that despite BJP taking the cake on 14 of the 16 mayoral seats, its overall vote share has actually come down in comparison to what the party recorded in the last Assembly election in March, 2017, when it propelled to power with a record 324 seats in a 403 member UP house.
Mr. Yadav did not elaborate or provide data for his claim. "Where voting was done by EVM, the BJP got 46 per cent of the seats, but only 15 per cent where voting was done by ballot", he said.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was quick to point this out. "The results haven't been out yet and they have already started making excuses for their defeat".
It won 70 posts of the Municipal (Nagar Palika) Parishad presidents as against Samajwadi Party's 45, BSP's 29 and Congress 9. 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.
"The BJP (and its allies), which had won 73 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats and 325 out of 403 assembly seats in UP, could manage to win only 184 out of 652 seats in the UP urban local body polls". Their allegations are baseless. "And it was because of the EVMs that Mayawati came to power in 2007 in UP, while Akhilesh emerged victorious in 2012".
UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey said opposition parties were indulging in propaganda only to hide their disappointment following the electoral losses.
"Misusing the official government machinery is actually part of the SP, BSP and Congress culture".