Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Amethi Civic polls: SP leads in Gauriganj, BJP in Jais

Amethi Civic polls: SP leads in Gauriganj, BJP in Jais

In a major boost to the BJP ahead of Gujarat polls, the party received a massive thumbs up in the Uttar Pradesh municipal elections with its candidates winning 14 out of the 16 mayoral seats, including prestigious Ayodhya and Varanasi seats.

In the postal ballot round, the BJP did predictably well. But the poll outcome brought the biggest cheer to BSP, which managed to capture two mayoral seats - Meerut and Aligarh.

In Agra, Dhakre had polled 11,416 votes while BJP's Jain was trailing behind with 4,320 votes.

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

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In Allahabad Muncipal Corporation, BJP's Abhilasha Gupta was leading with a few hundred votes while in the state capital Lucknow, Sanyukta Bhatia of the BJP was leading over her nearest SP rival. Congress won 7 nagar palika and 17 nagar panchayat chairperson seats. Across Western UP, we found Muslims have voted for the Samajwadi Party like in Bijnore. In Amethi and Musafirkhana, where nagar panchayat polls were held, the party had not fielded candidates. In Mathura, BJP's Mukesh Kumar scored 1.03 lakh votes to defeat Congress's Mohan Singh (80,938).

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

While the BJP stellar performance in these civic polls is impressive, the party had bagged a lion's share of the mayoral seats even in the last local body polls.

Some other political parties, including, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Congress and Samajwadi Party (SP) were low profile.

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He rejected opposition's charges of EVM tampering. "It was disheartening to note that the BJP gained on places where EVMs were used", said SP leader and MLC Rajpal Kashyap.

Official sources said no procession would be allowed during the counting process and following the announcement of the results. Both SP supremo Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati did not campaign for their candidates.

The elections were conducted in three phases on November 22, 26 and 29 and the voter turnout was around 52.4 per cent.

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