Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said people have shown full faith in the BJP and its ideology and discarded the SP, the BSP and the Congress. "We are working for all, irrespective of caste, creed and religion and that has been accepted by the people", Sharma said. Though the state Uttar Pradesh is facing its first electoral test in the state because the counting of votes for 652 urban local bodies started from this Friday, on seeing the early trends looks like it is good news anyways.
"The Congress has been shouting for the last three months that 'Congress aave chhe' (Congress is coming in Gujarat), while today, the people of Uttar Pradesh said 'Congress jae chhe' (Congress is going)", he said.
The BSP, which was written-off by the political pundits, made a strong comeback in the civic polls.
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SP leader and MLC Rajpal Kashyap said it was disheartening to note that the BJP gained in places where EVMs were used. For a party that failed to make any mark in the Lok Sabha elections, the results of the civic polls is more than just a consolation - it is a show of intent that it may be the only party now with an iota of stomach to keep a check on BJP's clout in the state. Results will be communicated to the candidates through SMS on their registered mobile numbers. The elections had been gone through an average turnout of, in the all three phases, of 52.5% of 3.32 crore voters.
Official sources said no procession would be allowed during the counting process and following the announcement of the results. The Adityanath government, soon after assuming office, had constituted two municipal corporations: Ayodhya and Vrindavan-Mathura. This must be pleasing for BSP chief Mayawati who unsuccessfully tried everything in the book to make her Dalit-Muslim combination work during the 2014 and 2017 polls. The BJP described civic election as a one-way affair as there was no Opposition on the ground.
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 previous year on the month of March.
From Gauriganj, SP's Rajpati Devi won by defeating BSP nominee Tara Devi by 1,395 votes.