In a big boost to the Samajwadi Party ahead of the 2017 Assembly polls, the ruling party won 23 of the 28 seats of UP Legislative Council Sunday where voting took place. Eight SP candidates were elected unopposed.
The BJP, however, drew a blank. Of the remaining five seats, BSP won two and Congress one, two were bagged by Independents.
With this, the SP now has 58 members in the 100-member Legislative Council, thus gaining a majority in the House.
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The BSP contested seven seats but secured only two — Jaunpur and Saharanpur — where its candidates Brijesh Singh Singh alias Prinshu and Mehmood Ali defeated SP’s Lallan Prasad and SS Verma, respectively.
Sitting Congress MLC Dinesh Pratap Singh retained his seat by winning from party president Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli constituency.
After the results were announced, BSP chief Mayawati termed SP’s win as “hollow” and alleged that the ruling party won by misusing the government machinery and mafia elements.
The BJP downplayed its defeat. Party spokesperson Chandra Mohan said it had contested the elections to fulfill its constitutional responsibilities. “But the ruling SP misused the state machinery,” he said.
In Gorakhpur-Maharajganj seat, rebel SP leader CP Chand defeated SP-backed Jai Prakash. Though Chand was expelled from the party after being given ticket, he was declared elected as an official SP candidate by the Election Commission.
An Independent Vishal Singh ‘Chanchal’ defeated SP’s Sanand Kumar Singh by a margin of 65 votes in Ghazipur.
In SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s constituency, Azamgarh, his party leader Rakesh Yadav defeated Rajesh Singh of the BJP. In Badaun, Banwari Singh Yadav of SP defeated BJP’s Jitendra Yadav. In Lakhimpur, SP candidate Shashank Yadav defeated BJP’s Hitendra Verma, while in Ballia, SP’s Ravishankar Singh Pappu defeated Anup Singh of the BJP.
In Bareilly, Ghanshyam Lodhi of SP defeated BJP’s PP Patel, and in Moradabad, Parvez Ali, son of SP minister Mehboob Ali, defeated Asha Singh of the BJP.
In Shahjahanpur, Amit Yadav Rinku of SP defeated BJP’s JPS Rathore.
Other SP candidates who were declared victorious are Rajesh Yadav (Barabanki), Misbauddin (Hardoi), Ramlali Mishra (Mirzapur), Mahfooz Khan (Gonda), Shailendra Singh (Sultanpur), Ramawadh Yadav (Deoria) and Hirlal Yadav (Faizabad).
SP candidates Santosh Yadav Sunny won from Basti, Ram Niranjan in Jhansi and Narendra Bhati in Bulandshahr.
In Allahabad, former education Director Vasudev Yadav won, and in Fatehpur, Dileep Singh alias Kallu won. Both belong to the SP.
SP candidates Imlak Khan (Bahraich), Pushpraj Jain (Farukhabad) and Jaswant Sigh (Aligarh) were also declared elected.