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UP civic polls: BSP's gains signal possible structural change in voting pattern

UP civic polls: BSP's gains signal possible structural change in voting pattern

As per the PTI report, BJP's mayor candidates were leading in some of the cities like Saharanpur, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Meerut, and Gorakhpur, the initial trends suggest.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is set to stand tall after the BJP recorded a resounding victory in Urban Local Bodies elections where Yogi criss-crossed the state electioneering for party candidates. "(SP chief) Akhilesh Yadav and (Congress vice president) Rahul Gandhi, who were together during Assembly polls as "UP ke ladke", have become like the tyre and tube of a cycle and it is punctured", Sharma said.

In the state Uttar Pradesh, the civic elections are much crucial as both BSP and the SP and BSP are trying to win their voters back at the urban centers, these towns also consolidate their voter base, which was worn for the duration of the assembly elections a year ago on the month of March.

Adityanath who went on a whirl wind tour of the state to ensure the victory of his party candidates, described it as a "historic win". "We were almost winning the third mayoral seat in Agra, but last minute it changed", said BSP leader Ambeth Rajan.

The saffron party's Mukesh won the Mathura-Vrindavan seat, defeating nearest rival Mohan Singh of the Congress by 22,108 votes.

This election is important for the state chief minister Yogi Adityanath as he undertook a whirlwind campaign, unprecedented for a chief minister, during civic polls.

Adityanath also pointed out that the Congress has been wiped out in its pocket-borough of Amethi.

Opposition SP, BSP and Congress campaigns were on comparatively low key. The local body elections is being considered as a litmus test for Yogi Adityanath government's popularity.

While the party had not fielded any candidate from Amethi town, its candidates from Jais was at a poor fourth after several rounds of counting. "It was disheartening to note that the BJP gained on places where EVMs were used", said SP leader and MLC Rajpal Kashyap.

In Jhansi, Congress's Pradeep Jain Aditya, ex-MP and former union minister, contested the mayor's post this time but lost to the BJP candidate.

The BSP's penetration in the cities after its rout in the Lok Sabha and assembly polls showed signs of revival earlier than expected, political analysts said. Officials said no procession would be allowed during the counting process and following the announcement of the results.


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