Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

BJP scores massive win in UP civic polls, Congress suffers jolt

BJP scores massive win in UP civic polls, Congress suffers jolt

The Samajwadi Party (SP) is leading in Gauriganj and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jais after the counting began for the Amethi Nagarpalika on Friday morning.

Mayawati-led BSP sprang a surprise as it thwarted the challenge from BJP candidates to win the mayoral posts in western UP's Aligarh and Meerut towns.

In what was being dubbed as Yogi Adityanath's first electoral test after he became chief minister, the BJP won several prestigious mayoral seats including Ayodhya, Varanasi, Lucknow and Gorakhpur, and was leading in several others.

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He attributed the victory to Prime Minister Modi's "vision" and BJP chief Amit Shah's "guidance".

"The Congress' loss is such that the BJP won all the municipal corporation seats even in (Congress vice president) Rahul baba's (Gandhi's) Amethi constituency", he said, adding, "Whatever has happened in Uttar Pradesh today is nothing compared to what is going to happen in Gujarat on December 18".

When Yogi took over as CM there were apprehensions whether he would be able to provide good administration considering the fact that he did not have any administrative experience and Uttar Pradesh was not the ideal state to learn the threads of governance.

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In Aligarh, however, BSP's Mohammad Furqan wrested the saffron stronghold defeating BJP nominee Rajiv Agarwal by a margin of 11,990 votes in a virtual direct contest. "We were almost winning the third mayoral seat in Agra, but last minute it changed", said BSP leader Ambeth Rajan.

Out of 652 seats, the BJP had won 341 seats, beating rival parties by a distance.

Yogi Adityanath, revelling in the results of his hard campaign, said that the BJP would now aim for hundred per cent success in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP described civic election as a one-way affair as there was no Opposition on the ground. While early trends show the BJP winning the state civic polls, the final results are expected by the evening.

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SP leader and MLC Rajpal Kashyap alleged it was "disheartening" that the BJP gained on places where EVMs were used. Another seat was won by a candidate from Samajwadi Party - a political unit now staring at falling from a major player to a non-entity in the state. Officials said no procession would be allowed during the counting process and following the announcement of the results.

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