Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil has expressed surprise over the Karnataka poll results where the BJP emerged as the single largest party, and demanded the use of paper ballots in future elections instead of EVMs. He claimed the 'wave' of BJP's popularity was now receding and therefore, the NCP and the Congress were working towards forging alliance in future polls. Patil said what surprised him was that prior to elections in Karnataka, he had visited the state and people there appeared "satisfied" with the Congress government. The BJP yesterday emerged as the single largest party but fell nine seats short of a majority in Karnataka, where the Congress dramatically backed third-placed rival JD(S) for a post-poll alliance to keep the saffron party out of power. The EC should not insist on EVMs for conducting polls, he asserted."If the BJP is insisting for the same, then it is better not to hold elections at all," Patil stated.