March 20, 2018

BJP on way to big victory in UP civic polls

02 December 2017, 12:24 | Rufus Hill

UP Civic Poll Results: Yogi passes litmus test as BJP sweeps mayoral race

Yogi Adityanath

In the prestigious Ayodhya-Faizabad seat, The BJP candidate defeated Samajwadi Party's Bindu by around 4600 votes. They worked for a particular caste and people have discarded them.

It was BJP all the way in Allahabad and Agra also.

The party itself though is choosing to blame Electronic Voting Machines. In Jais, BJP candidate Mahesh Sonkar was leading. The BSP, unlike the BJP, had had kept its campaign a low-key affair.

In Bareilly, Umesh Gautam of the BJP trounced Iqbal Singh Tomar of the SP by 12,784 votes. In Majhanpur, BSP's Mehtab Alam won. Given the fact that SP has historically had a lesser presence as compared to BSP in western UP, the civic poll results could have a lasting impression on which way the Muslim vote will swing in 2019. The party had been routed in the state Assembly polls.

Chief Minister Adityanath, who went on a whirl wind tour of the state to ensure the victory of his party candidates, described Friday's results as a "historic win".

"Even after 70 years of independence, there is no collector's office in Amethi and he (Gandhi) comes to teach us development", he said.

UP civic polls officials confirmed a win for the BJP in Amethi, a traditional Congress bastion. Congress won 7 nagar palika and 17 nagar panchayat chairperson seats. In Amethi and Musafirkhana, where nagar panchayat polls were held, the party had not fielded candidates. The onus is now on SP and BSP to convince them about their winnability against the saffron wave in the state. Instead, two of the four seats around Gorakhnath temple were won by independents.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said the people had shown full faith in the BJP.

Some other political parties, including, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Congress and Samajwadi Party (SP) were low profile. Sources attributed the win to BSP supremo Mayawati, who put all her energy into reviving her party's depleting support base since she quit Rajya Sabha in July this year. He dismissed charges of electronic vote machine (EVM) tampering as baseless.

SP leader and MLC Rajpal Kashyap said it was disheartening to note that the BJP gained in places where EVMs were used. The SP is closely analysing the results, he said.

The state election commission previously said that counting of votes will be held at 334 centers at district headquarters. The elections had been gone through an average turnout of, in the all three phases, of 52.5% of 3.32 crore voters.

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