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 drew a blank. Of the remaining five seats, BSP got two and Congress one, while the rest two were bagged by Independents.
With this victory, 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 on seven seats but won from only two — Jaunpur and Saharanpur.
Sitting Congress MLC Dinesh Pratap Singh won from party president Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli constituency.
BSP chief Mayawati termed SP’s win as “hollow” and alleged that the party won by misusing the government machinery.
The BJP downplayed its defeat,saying the party contested the elections to fulfil its constitutional responsibilities. “But the ruling SP misused the state machinery,” BJP spokesperson said.