UP Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Highlights: Modi retains Varanasi, Sonia Gandhi re-elected to Rae Bareli
Uttar Pradesh, UP Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 Highlights: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi conceded defeat in his home turf Amethi. In his address, Rahul congratulated BJP's Smriti Irani, asking her to "take care of people of Amethi." Irani defeated Rahul by a margin of 55,120 votes.
Uttar Pradesh Election Results 2019 Highlights: In Varanasi, BJP’s Narendra Modi defeated Samajwadi Party’s Shalini Yadav by a wide margin of is racing ahead with a wide margin of 47,95,05 votes.
Uttar Pradesh, UP Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 Highlights: The SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh did manage to secure votes in the state, but not enough to stop the momentum of Bharatiya Janata Party. The BJP won 62 seats, while the SP-BSP alliance won six seats with lead on 1 seat. The Congress, meanwhile, could manage just a single seat – Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli. While Apna Dal (Soneylal) won two seats.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi conceded defeat in his home turf Amethi. In his address, Rahul congratulated BJP’s Smriti Irani, asking her to “take care of people of Amethi.” Irani defeated Rahul by a margin of 55,120 votes.
In Varanasi, BJP’s Narendra Modi defeated Samajwadi Party’s Shalini Yadav by a wide margin of is racing ahead with a wide margin of 47,95,05 votes. In Rampur, Samajwadi Party candidate Azam Khan defeated BJP’s Jaya Prada by 10,99,97 votes. BJP’s star candidate Hema Malini won from Mathura by 29,34,71 votes. Mother-son duo BJP’s Maneka Gandhi and Varun Gandhi won from Sultanpur and Pilibhit respectively.
Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Highlights: With Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav in the fray, all eyes are on the 80-seat Uttar Pradesh.
If ground reports are anything to go by, it seems difficult for the BJP to replicate its 2014 victory.
UP Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 LIVE Updates: As the results for Lok Sabha elections trickle in, one question that every Indian voter will look forward to is if the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh has paid off or are the scales titling towards the saffron party. Considering the number of MPs that UP is home to and the political lineup in the state, the electoral interest here is anything but natural.
In the 2014 elections, BJP emerged as the largest party with 71 seats and a vote share of 42.6 per cent to their credit - a dramatic rise from their win of 10 seats in 2012 elections. Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party was reduced to just 5 seats with a vote share of 22.3 per cent, while Rahul Gandhi's Congress scraped through with two seats and a vote share of 7.5 per cent. Apna Dal also managed seats and a vote share of 1 per cent. Mayawati's BSP, however, failed to open its account in the state despite a vote share of 19.8 per cent.
Forgetting the animosity of 23 years, the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have stitched an alliance to counter the BJP while the latter hopes to repeat its 2014 performance when it bagged 73 seats. The Congress, meanwhile, is not part of the alliance. According to the deal, BSP got 10 of the 17 seats reserved for Scheduled Castes — its core vote base — and also contested most of the seats in western Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party, on the other hand, fielded candidates on seats such as Etah, Mainpuri, Kannauj and Etawah – considered to be Yadav strongholds. Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal also joined the deal.
The Congress, meanwhile, has thrown in the ring what is often referred to as their trump card - Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Hoping that her charm works in their favour, the party appointed her as the Uttar Pradesh East General Secretary and tasked her with campaigning. Speculation was also rife that she might take on Prime Minister Modi in Varanasi, but the party fielded former MP Ajay Rai. The Congress has allied with Jan Adhikar Party, Mahan Dal and Apna Dal (Krishna Patel) in a bid to reach out to OBC voters in the state.
The BJP, on the other hand, has allied with Apna Dal (Sonelal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) in the state. However, cracks appeared between the BJP and SBSP as the saffron party did not give any seat to the SBSP in the Lok Sabha elections.The BJP also formed coalition with Nishad Party, whose candidate Praveen Nishad had surprised the BJP by winning from the Gorakhpur bye-polls last year on an SP ticket.
With the two heavyweights of SP and BSP coming together and with added support of predominantly Jat-based RLD in western UP, one might assume that the gathbanhan is as at an obvious advantage. However, the battle is still a close one. With the alliance, the Dalit-Yadav vote, which earlier used to be divided, is now expected to be polarised against the BJP. However, ground reports of people being unhappy about the two parties coming together might prove to be a bootlegger of votes. The Samajwadi Party also enjoys a healthy stake over the Muslim voters, who form about 20 per cent population in the state. But again, not aligning with the Congress may result in the division of Muslim votes.
The BJP, meanwhile, is banking primarily on the upper caste Hindus plus Nishad and Kurmi votes (thanks to its alliance partners). Even though the BJP’s alliance with SBSP is in shackles, it is to be seen how much it will affect their overall tally as SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar’s exclusion from the UP cabinet happened only after the polling process was done within the state.