BJP on way to big victory in UP civic polls

UP Civic polls Counting of votes set in motion

BJP candidates win 14 out of the 16 mayoral seats, BSP gets two In a major boost to the BJP ahead of Gujarat polls, the party pulled off a big victory in the Uttar Pradesh municipal elections with its candidates winning in 14 out of the 16 mayoral seats, including the prestigious Ayodhya and Varanasi, on Friday. Yogi Adityanath delivered, making it a three on three for the BJP after its sweep of the 2014 general elections and this year's assembly elections. The CM attributed the victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision and BJP chief Amit Shah's able guidance. It had lost the assembly elections to BJP in March this year.

Out of the 438 seats of chairpersons of nagar panchayats, Independents have won 182 seats (41.55 per cent) while BJP has won 100 (22.83 per cent). BJP won only 664 seats with a win percentage of 12.22 per cent. The SP, however, secured the second position overall as it won 202 corporation wards, 45 Nagar Palika Parishad chairman seats and 83 Nagar Panchayat Chairman posts. At Chail, Sarai Akil and Ajuha, independent candidate Shivmani Kesarwani, Congress's Rohit Aazad and Independent Anil Kumar bagged the top posts, respectively.

In Mathura, the BJP candidate Meera Agarwal won from ward number 56 through lottery system as she and the Congress candidate 874 votes each.

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the results reaffirmed people's support for the GST which has made doing business "easier" for traders. In Lucknow, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took a swipe at Gandhi while pointing out that his party, the Congress "has been wiped out in Amethi".

In a veiled attack on Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel, OBC leader Alpesh Thakor and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, Patra said these "outsourced" leaders won't help the Congress win the elections in Gujarat.

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