As the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) won 14 out of 16 seats of Uttar Pradesh Nagar Nigam, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday attributed the result to the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also said that result is an eye opener for all those linking it to Gujarat elections.
The elections was conducted in three phases on November 22, 26 and 29 and the voter turnout was around 52.4 per cent. Over 3.36 crore voters exercised their rights at 36,269 polling booths in the state to decide the fate of 79,113 candidates. Many had called UP Civic Poll a referendum to the eight-month rule of Yogi Adityanath.
Uttar Pradesh nagar nigam polls 2017 Live Updates:
8:15 pm BJP’s Mukesh won the Mathura-Vrindavan seat defeating nearest rival Mohan Singh of Congress by 22,108 votes.
8:12 pm In Saharanpur, BJP candidate Madan Walia fended off the challenge from BSP rival Fazlurehman to win by 2,000 votes.
8:10 pm In western UP’s Moradabad, BJP candidate Vinod Agarwal edged past Congress’s Rizvan Qureishi by a margin of 22,635 votes.
8:09 pm In Gorakhpur, the home turf of Chief Minister Adityanath, BJP candidate Sitaram Jaiswal defeated Rahul Gupta of SP by 75,823 votes.
8:05 pm In Lucknow, BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia became the first woman mayor of the state capital defeating nearest rival, Samajwadi Party’s Meera Vardhan, by a huge margin of 1,31,356 votes.
8:02 pm In Prime Minister Narendra Modi Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, BJP candidate Mridula Jaiswal defeating her nearest opponent, Shalini of the Congress, by a comfortable margin of 78,843 votes.
8:01 pm In Ayodhya, BJP’s Rishikesh Upadhyay secured 44,642 votes and defeated nearest rival SP’s Gulshan Bindu, a transgender, by 3,601 votes.
8:00 pm BJP bags 14 mayoral seats of the 15 for which results declared. Counting on for Meerut seat
4:11 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi just tweeted on BJP’s win in UP civic polls. He has congratulated CM Adityanath and party workers on the BJP’s emphatic victory.
विकास की इस देश में फिर एक बार जीत हुई। उत्तर प्रदेश निकाय चुनावों में भव्य जीत के लिए प्रदेश की जनता को बहुत-बहुत धन्यवाद। मुख्यमंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ जी और पार्टी के सभी कार्यकर्ताओं को ढेरों शुभकामनाएं। यह जीत हमें जन कल्याण की दिशा में और अधिक मेहनत करने के लिए प्रेरित करेगी।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 1, 2017
4:10 pm: I would like to give credit of this win to all BJP workers who worked for the party to communicate its agenda of development to all. I would also like to thank all the voters: UP CM Yogi Adityanath
4:00 pm: Fought on agenda of development and people made me win. If needed will do it: Independent candidate Nadira Khatoon who won from ward no 68 in Gorakhpur on question if she will support Yogi Adityanath
3:45 pm Celebrations have begun across UP by BJP workers
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 1, 2017
3:32 pm: BJP’s Pradeep Jaiswal from Pilibhit’s Puranpur wins
3:28 pm: In Jaunpur, three independent candidates Pramod Jayaswal, Rukshana and Vijay Sahu win Nagar Panchayat seats in Jafrabad, Madiyahun and Kerakat respectively, ANI reported
3:27 pm: In Aligarh, BSP candidate Mohammad Furkan wins mayor seat
3:26 pm: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the results of Uttar Pradesh civic polls reaffirmed people’s support for the GST which has made doing busines “easier” for traders
3:10 pm: “BJP will work together to get a landslide victory in 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” said Yogi Adityanath
3:05 pm: Yogi Adityanath said, “The credit to UP municipal poll victory goes to PM’s vision.”
2:51 pm: In Gorakhpur’s ward number 68, BJP’s Maya Tripathi lost to Independent candidate Nadira
2:00 pm: In Amethi, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) wins Nagar Panchayat.
12:59 pm: In Varanasi and Firozabad, BJP mayor candidates are leading.
11:48 am: In Amethi, SP leading at Gauriganj, BJP at Jais, according to reports
11:40 am: At least four people were injured after police lathicharged a crowd outside a counting centre in Muzaffarnagar, ANI reported
11:35 am: In Mathura’s ward number 56 BJP candidate Meera Agarwal wins in a lucky draw. Both BJP and Congress got 874 votes
11:25 am: In Varanasi, BJP is leading with 16,196 votes after five rounds of counting.
11:18 am: BSP nominee Sunita Verma leading in Meerut mayor seat while BJP nominee Kanta Kardam at second position. BJP state genera secretary and in charge for Meerut local body polls Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that BJP is still in fight and wait for final result.
11:15 am: In Mathura’s ward number 56, BJP and Congress both get 874 votes. Winner will now be decided with a lucky draw, ANI reported.
11:05 am: BJP Mayor candidate Sanyukta Bhatia leads in Lucknow, SP is in second position, according to reports.
10:58 am: BJP Mayor candidate is leading in Kanpur.Congress is in the second position.
10:55 am: In Saharanpur, BSP nominee for mayor Fazalur Rehman leading by margin of 3000 votes after six rounds of counting. BJP nominee Sanjeev Walia is at second position.
10:50 am: Subramanian Swamy tweeted, “UP local bodies elections BJP rides the Ram Mandir wave. Wait for the typhoon in 2019”
UP local bodies elections BJP rides the Ram Mandir wave. Wait for the typhoon in 2019
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) December 1, 2017
10:45 am: BJP UP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey told ANI, “Congress, other parties were giving internal support to each other, We fought alone & we are now leading with a good number in early trends.”
10:40 am: In Meerut, BSP Mayor candidate is leading and Congress is leading in Mathura, ANI reported.
10:35 am: In newly formed Ayodhya Nagar Nigam, BJP nominee Rishikesh Upadhyay is leading.
10.30 am: In Varanasi, BJP mayor nominee Mridula Jaiswal is leading after three rounds of counting. Samajwadi Party nominee Sadhna Gupta is currently at second position.
10.20 am: In Lucknow, BJP candidate Sayunkta Bhatiya leading on mayor seat by margin of 5455 votes. Samajwadi Party nominee Meera Vardhan at second position. This, in the first round of counting.
10.13 am: In newly formed Ayodhya Nagar Nigam, from where Adityanath started poll campaign, BJP nominee Rishikesh Upadhyay is leading.
10.05 am: The BSP seems to be taking lead in Meerut. Its Mayor candidate is now leading there while the Congress is leading in Mathura
9.55 am: In Firozabad, according to reports, the BSP has taken a lead of over 5,000 votes. BJP is at no 2 with about 1500 votes.
9.50 am: Unlike in the Assembly elections where the SP and Congress entered into an alliance, in the civic polls, the SP, BSP and Congress are contesting on their own. Interestingly, neither BSP chief Mayawati nor SP chief Akhilesh Yadav stepped out to campaign for their candidates.
9.45 am: In the first two hours of counting, the BJP is leading in seven of the 16 municipal corporations in Uttar Pradesh. The party is hoping for a clean sweep, much like the assembly elections conducted earlier this year. It will also give the party a boost in Gujarat, where it is facing a touch challenge from the Congress.
9:20 am: In Moradabad, BJP’s mayoral candidate is leading by 1000 votes, reports. BSP is currently second, SP third and Congress fourth. The BJP is also leading in Pilibhit.
9:10 am: BJP mayoral candidates are also leading in Meerut, Saharanpur, Lucknow, Ghaziabad and Gorakhpur, according to initial trends that have been reported.
8:55 am: In Lucknow, BJP’s mayoral candidate, Sanyukta Bhatia, told news agency ANI “I don’t consider anyone my competitor. I will be number one, no matter who is second or third.”
In the last municipal elections, 2012, the BJP had won by a landslide, bagging 10 out of 12 mayoral positions. The current Deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Dinesh Sharma was elected as the Lucknow mayor. This time, however, the city will get a woman mayor as the Lucknow mayoral seat has been reserved for women.