Monday, January 25, 2021
Home Fact-Check Truth about UP civic polls : Did BJP win more seats with EVMs and...

Truth about UP civic polls : Did BJP win more seats with EVMs and less with Ballot Paper?

It might be time to run a remixed version of the hit track from The Jacksons’ from the 1970s:

Don’t blame it on the sunshine 
Don’t blame it on the moonlight
Don’t blame it on good times
Blame it on the EVM

The UP Civic polls results are out and people are out to discredit BJP’s performance. After the results, the first question on EVMs was raised by an independent candidate, which did not seem to hold much ground. Now, politicians from national parties have joined the chorus.

The theme has been: BJP’s win percentage is much higher in seats where EVMs were used and drops drastically in areas where ballot papers were used. There are no direct allegations but nudge-nudge-wink-wink allusions point to EVM fraud.

Take a look at a few tweets:

From Mr Zero Loss:

From the AAP MLA who brought a toy EVM to the Delhi assembly to show it can be hacked:

From Nitish babu’s estranged friend:

Another AAPian known to lie:

From the youth icon who got a thrashing earlier this year:

BSP’s Mayawati too claimed that if Lok Sabha polls for 2019 were held on ballot papers, BJP would not win. Figures may keep changing, but the assertion remains the same: EVM’s have been manipulated to make BJP win, and this BJP magic fails as soon as Ballot papers are introduced. So what is the truth?

Firstly it is important to know why these percentages are being thrown around. Elections for 16 nagar nigams (municipal corporations) were held through EVMs, while ballot papers were used for simultaneous polls to 198 nagar palika parishads (municipalities) and 439 nagar panchayats. All the figures are based on this demarcation.

Based on the data on the State Election Commission’s site, BJP’s win percentage in nagar nigams is 45.69%, whereas in nagar palikas and nagar panchayats combined, the win percentage drops to 15.36%. Till here, most of the above claims are true. But then how have other major parties fared in a similar comparison?

Click on the image for larger size

The above data can be understood as below: The columns marked in yellow shows the party-wise performance in areas where EVMs were used. The columns marked in green show the party-wise performance in areas where ballot papers were used. And the last column in blue shows the percentage decrease in win percentage when we move from EVM areas to ballot papers areas. Invalid and provisional results, as per the Election commission’s site (36 in total out of 12647) have been ignored.

BJP’s win percentage comes down from 46.39% to 15.55%, by around 66%. But Sibal’s Congress’ win percentage comes down by even more i.e 67%, from 8.37% to 2.74%, when we compare EVM results with Ballot paper results. Similarly, win rates of SP & BSP have also come down by 39% and 57% respectively.

EVM hacking theory busted
EVMs are not treating any particular party in a special manner

All in all, as one compares performances of parties, all parties have fared significantly worse in areas using ballot papers. What does this prove? Did all parties hack into EVMs which gave them better results in areas using EVMs? Did BJP tamper with the EVMs to pass on some good results to its competitors as well?

The above data will make sense when we see the last line of the puzzle: The performance of independents:

Click on the image for larger size

See the last row (in italics). While independents had just a 17.03% win rate in areas using EVMs, they won a whopping 66.22% seats in areas using ballot papers. A more sensible reading would be: Independents fared badly in Nagar Nigams, but thrived in Nagar Palikas and Nagar Panchayats, while all parties perished in such areas. An even more nuanced reading would be: Parties performed better in urban areas whereas they failed in semi-urban and rural areas, where Independents ruled the roost.

This brings us to the second point: While people are comparing EVM results vs Ballot paper results, they are comparing results in urban areas with those in semi-urban and rural areas, which is like comparing apples with oranges. Voting patterns and sensibilities are markedly different in urban and rural areas, and simplistic comparisons fail to grasp this. Instead of looking at conspiracy theories like EVM fraud, these trends indicate that party affiliation matters more to the urban voter whereas rural votes may be more personality driven than party driven.

While such analysis shows the obvious reasons for the fluctuation in win percentages, social media will be rife with such half-baked analysis as those peddled by the like of Akhilesh, Sibal, or AAP leaders. Media commentators often rue the lack of fact-checking when statements of politicians are reported. Will these same people take cognizance now?

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Editorial Deskhttp://www.opindia.com
Editorial team of OpIndia.com

 

Related Articles

Trending now

As India becomes the focus of the world with Coronavirus vaccines, China unleashes propaganda war

China has launched a smear campaign to belittle the Indian-developed COVID-19 vaccines—Covaxin and Covishield

Impossible man: Why Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose cannot be appropriated by any party and what Indians can learn from him

Not just within the Indian political context, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will make almost anyone uncomfortable

Sikkim: India foils China’s attempt to infiltrate, inflicts injuries on PLA soldiers in close combat

Besides 20 PLA soldiers, four Indian soldiers also reportedly sustained injuries in the clash at Naku La in Sikkim

BJP goes offensive in Bengal ahead of polls, includes ‘Jai Shree Ram’ slogan in its campaign video

By usuing 'Jai Shree Ram' BJP has officially blown the conch shells to announce battle against the dogmatic Mamata Banerjee

Uttar Pradesh: From Basant Panchami, students to get free coaching for competitive exams under Abhyudaya scheme

Under the CM Abhyudaya programme, students to get free coaching for competitive exams across the state

Donating for construction of Ram Mandir? Beware of these fraud UPI IDs

Beware of fraudsters. UPI IDs which are similar to the real UPI ID for Ram Mandir donation have propped up.

Recently Popular

Professor who translated Rahul Gandhi’s “don’t need army if farmers are strong” speech in Erode faints after the speech: Reports

Muhammed Imran, who translated Rahul Gandhi's speech at Erode, collapsed after interpreting the speech from English to Tamil

‘I allow you housewives to have extra-marital affair with man of your choice’: Video of Mamata Banerjee’s ‘progressive’ speech goes viral

Mamata Banerjee says she is so "flexible" that she has given permission to housewives to have extra-marital affairs

Groping a minor’s breast without ‘skin contact’ not sexual assault: Details of the shocking Bombay High Court verdict

The Bombay High Court in a recent verdict has ruled that groping without skin-to-skin contact is not sexual assault.

Gujarat Forest Dept to take legal action against Christian Evangelist Paul Dhinakaran over unauthorised use of the department’s logo

Website of Paul Dhinakaran claims of collaborating with the Gujarat Forest Department, a claim junked by the latter

Donating for construction of Ram Mandir? Beware of these fraud UPI IDs

Beware of fraudsters. UPI IDs which are similar to the real UPI ID for Ram Mandir donation have propped up.
- Advertisement -

 

Not just Rahul Gandhi, his great grandfather Nehru also thought that India does not need an Army

Yesterday, Rahul Gandhi opined that India does not need the armed forces especially at Indo-China border.

Is it actor Prosenjit Chatterjee in the portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose inaugurated by President Kovind? A fact check

It was claimed that it was actor Prosenjit Chatterjee in the portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose inaugurated by President Kovind.

Mamata Banerjee once held a bogus PhD degree from a University that did not exist. Read details

Back in 1984, Mamata Banerjee had claimed to have completed Phd from a University which did not exist.

As India becomes the focus of the world with Coronavirus vaccines, China unleashes propaganda war

China has launched a smear campaign to belittle the Indian-developed COVID-19 vaccines—Covaxin and Covishield

Republic under siege: How Congress, career-protestors, opposition parties and Khalistanis are setting the stage for violence

The Delhi Police has granted permission to farmer protesters for their tractor parade at the national capital on the 26th of January.

“I am Ram Bhakt first”: UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya donates 30-month salary for Ram Mandir

Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya handed over the amount to Champat Rai, secretary of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, on January 23

Impossible man: Why Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose cannot be appropriated by any party and what Indians can learn from him

Not just within the Indian political context, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will make almost anyone uncomfortable

Sikkim: India foils China’s attempt to infiltrate, inflicts injuries on PLA soldiers in close combat

Besides 20 PLA soldiers, four Indian soldiers also reportedly sustained injuries in the clash at Naku La in Sikkim

BJP goes offensive in Bengal ahead of polls, includes ‘Jai Shree Ram’ slogan in its campaign video

By usuing 'Jai Shree Ram' BJP has officially blown the conch shells to announce battle against the dogmatic Mamata Banerjee

Here are 4 steps that the Election Commission is taking ahead of West Bengal polls

Over one lakh paramilitary personnel to be deployed in West Bengal ahead of state elections.

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
496,912FollowersFollow
22,900SubscribersSubscribe