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UP Election Result 2022 LIVE Updates: ‘Jeet Ka Chauka for NDA’, says Modi as BJP wave sweeps state


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BJP bags 219 seats, SP wins 79: EC

BJP has won 219 seats and is leading on 36. The Samajwadi Party has won 79 seats and leading on 32 as per current trends on the ECI website.

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NOTA garners more votes than those polled in favour of popular parties

As election results of various seats continue to pour in, the ‘NOTA’ option on electronic voting machines has garnered more votes than those polled in favour of some prominent political parties in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. 

According to the website of the Election Commission of India (ECI), the vote share of NOTA (none of the above) in the state assembly election stood at 0.69 per cent, eclipsing the vote share of AAP (0.35 per cent) and JD-U (0.11 per cent). The vote share of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) was recorded at 0.47 per cent.

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How Priyanka Gandhi Vadra could not get Congress back on track in UP

The Assembly elections haven’t been kind to Congress. The Grand Old Party of India has suffered another political rout — losing in all five states.

In Uttar Pradesh, their defeat is doubly embarrassing as they fell further from their previous count of seven seats in 2017 to just two this year. What makes this even worse for the Congress is that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was in-charge of the Congress campaign.

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BJP people pelting stones and rioting at Sirathu counting site, alleges SP

“SP candidate from Sirathu assembly seat, Mrs Pallavi Patel Ji, has won the election, but BJP people are not allowing her to take the certificate by pelting stones and rioting at the counting site. The Election Commission should immediately take the strictest action against the miscreants and ensure that Mrs Pallavi Patel is given a certificate of victory,” tweets SP.

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Yogi Adityanath breaks the ‘Noida jinx’; what is it and how did former CMs fall for it?

The Bharatiya Janata Party has registered a massive win in Uttar Pradesh. It’s looking at a tally of 260-plus, as counting for 2022 Assembly elections draws to a close. In India’s most populous state, it’s been a Yogi Adityanath show all the way. And there was nothing that could stop him – not even Noida.

The BJP’s numbers in the state are emphatic and even Adityanath scored big, winning the Gorakhpur Urban constituency by over one lakh votes. Finally, comes a leader who has broken the much-talked-about “Noida jinx”. What exactly is it and what did the UP CM do to have gotten rid of it?

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Why BJP is celebrating its UP win with bulldozers

Workers and supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrated their win in Uttar Pradesh by carrying out rallies on bulldozers. On Twitter too, #BulldozerBaba went viral.

What’s the deal here and why has the bulldozer become synonymous with the saffron party? We take a look.

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PM Modi’s promises for the future

“Even considering the 75th year of independence, these election results have a lot of significance. These results reflect the mood of the country towards our national resolutions for the coming 25 years,” the prime minister said on Thursday.

“From here on we’re going to fast on the two tracks together. On one hand our emphasis is on the welfare of villages, poor, small farmers and small entrepreneurs.

On the other hand, we want to accelerate the mission of self-reliance by giving new opportunities to the country’s resources and youth power.”

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PM Modi targets Opposition, says some sections tried to mislead people

Sharing some of his concerns, Modi hits out at the Opposition and says, “Indian citizens are acting responsibly but some people are constantly pulling down the standards in politics, During the Covid times, these sections tried to mislead people. When our students were stuck in Ukraine, these sections were trying to demoralise our people.”

“These people tried to tie up Operation Ganga to regionalism. These efforts to paint everything in colours of communalism, regionalism is very dangerous,” he adds.

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PM Modi on Ukraine-Russia crisis

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Government’s policies amid COVID-19 pandemic, Ukraine war kept India safe: Modi

The supply chain worldwide has been affected by Covid-19 and now the Russia-Ukraine war. Amid all this, honest efforts by the government and policies linked to ground realities kept India safe, says Modi and adds: “Everywhere the double-engine government is in power, people have reaped double benefits.”

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UP chose ‘vikas’, proved wrong all who said it votes for caste: PM Modi

UP chose ‘vikas’, proved wrong all who said it votes for caste, said PM Modi at the victory speech following BJP’s performance in UP, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

He said the people of UP had been divided by casteism earlier, but now the people had chosen development in 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2022. “I would also say today that after the 2019 election results, some political experts had said the 2017 results decided the 2019 results. I believe this time also, they will say that the results of 2022 will decide the results of 2024,” he said.

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Women charioteers have secured BJP’s win: PM Modi

Sisters, mothers and daughters have been benevolent towards us. Everywhere, women’s vote share was larger than men and the BJP has secured a bumper win. Women have been the charioteers of our win, said Modi.

“As a CM, people would ask me, ‘Modiji, why are you lax about your own security.’ I would tell them, I have the protection of my mothers wishing well for me,” added Modi.

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Results of this election have set the fate of 2024 elections, claims PM Modi

“When we formed govt in 2019 (at Centre), ‘experts’ said it was because of the 2017 victory (in UP)… I believe the same ‘experts’ will say that 2022 election result will decide the fate of 2024 national elections,” says PM Modi

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Akhilesh Yadav wins from Karhal 

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav won from Karhal constituency. He won 60.12% of the total votes cast.

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Yogi Adityanath thanks Amit Shah

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NDA has set a boundary of victory: PM Modi

“Today, with the untiring hard work of every small party worker, the NDA has set a boundary of victory. UP has given many prime ministers to the country, but this is the first instance of a chief minister who has completed a five-year term. After 37 years in UP, a government has come for the second time in a row.*

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PM Modi thanks voters for BJP win in 4 states

“I would like to thank our voters, specially our mothers and sisters, and first-time voters, for ensuring our victory.  Partyworkers had promised me Holi celebrations would begin from March 10. Now, with this win, they have met the promise,” said PM Modi at victory speech.

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First time a CM elected for second term in UP: PM Modi

“We had said before that Holi will start from March 10. It’s a ‘victory 4’ by our NDA workers. I thank all voters for participating in this festival of democracy & ensuring BJP this victory. For the first time, a CM will be elected for a second term,” said PM Modi, addressing party workers in Delhi.

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Elections not just Mathematics, but Chemistry, says Nadda

Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the BJP’s performance, and hailing his policies of development, national president JP Nadda said the saffron party’s vote share had increased from 42 per cent as well. He said elections were not just mathematics, but they were chemistry. People voted for the BJP in the name of PM Modi and the chemistry he shared with the people.

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AAP gets fewer votes than NOTA in UP polls

The Aam Aadmi Party appeared uncertain to win a single seat in the Uttar Pradesh polls as its vote share was less than NOTA on Thursday evening, with a senior party leader saying the 2022 elections were about taking the party’s idea to the people of the state, reports PTI

Till 5.45 pm, the AAP was leading on none of the 403 seats of the state, according to the Election Commission website.

The party had a vote share of 0.34 per cent, even less than NOTA (none of the above) option, which polled 0.69 per cent of the total votes counted till 5.45 pm, the EC data showed.

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Explaining the M-Y factors behind BJP’s big win

The letters M-Y carry a lot of meaning in Uttar Pradesh politics. There was a time – before the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – when all they signified was the Muslim-Yadav vote bank.

For the Samajwadi Party (SP), the M-Y factor remains unchanged. In the 2022 UP assembly election, it appears like the party has kept this vote intact. But with BJP has given M-Y a whole new meaning. We take a look.

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PM Modi arrives at BJP headquarters in Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives a rousing welcome at the BJP headquarters in Delhi.

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PM Modi to address party workers shortly

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‘We weren’t able to convert our hard work into votes’: Priyanka Gandhi on Congress defeat in UP

Following Congress’ dismal performance in Uttar Pradesh, senior leader Priyanka Gandhi said the party was not able to convert its hard work into votes. She added that the Congress party will move ahead with a positive agenda and work as a responsible opposition for the betterment of UP and it’s people.

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BJP’s ‘grand victory’ result of people’s faith in PM’s welfare programmes for poor, farmers: Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said the BJP’s “grand victory” in Uttar Pradesh is the result of the people’s faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s welfare programmes for villages, the poor and farmers. He also said that the state’s people have put their stamp on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s good governance and an administration free from fear and corruption.

In a series of tweets, the senior BJP leader also expressed his gratitude to the people of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa for reposing their faith in the BJP.  The BJP is set to return to power in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa as results for the assembly elections in the four states along with Punjab are declared on Thursday.

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UP result heralds new political culture under PM Modi: Jitendra Singh

Union minister Jitendra Singh Thursday said that the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election result heralds a new political culture under Prime Minister Narendra Modi which is in tune with the aspirational democracy of a new India. He said the new political culture is guided by the spirit of reaching out to the deprived and providing them with benefits of equitable development with ease of living, empowerment and esteem, without any bias or prejudice. 

Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel, said that Uttar Pradesh has broken many a jinx of the past.  The BJP under Modi has vindicated that elections can be fought and won with pro-incumbency vote and this is something which I had been predicting during the UP election campaign as well, Singh said.

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‘Respect the decision of the public’: Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said he respects the decision of the public. “UP public has decided to give power to BJP. I thank AIMIM’s state president, workers, members, and the public who voted for us. Our efforts were quite a lot, but the results didn’t come as per our expectations. We’ll work hard again.”

He added that minorities of UP have only been used as vote banks. “BJP won in Lakhimpur Kheri as well, that’s why I’m saying it’s an 80-20 win. This 80-20 situation will stay for years. People need to understand that. Our spirits are still high.”

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Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and JP Nadda Reach BJP HQ in Delhi 

Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and national president JP Nadda reach BJP headquarters in Delhi.

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Current trends as per ECI website

Party Won Leading Total
Apna Dal (Soneylal) 3 9 12
Bahujan Samaj Party 0 1 1
Bharatiya Janata Party 86 165 251
Indian National Congress 1 1 2
Jansatta Dal Loktantrik 2 0 2
Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal 1 6 7
Rashtriya Lok Dal 5 3 8
Samajwadi Party 24 90 114
Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party 0 6 6
Total 122 281

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Amit Shah congratulates UP CM, thanks voters

Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah Thursday congratulated the CM of Uttar Pradesh and also thanked the voters for reposing their faith in the BJP.

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People have once again voted for nationalism, good governance: Yogi Adityanath

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People of UP rejected misleading propaganda, says Adityanath

UP CM Yogi Adityanath, who is set to become the first chief minister in the state to return to power after serving a full five-year term, Thursday evening said the people of the state have “rejected misleading propaganda and made the BJP victorious.” He thanked the public in his first speech after the landslide victory in UP.

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Under PM Modi’s leadership, BJP got mandate: UP CM

After celebrating the BJP’s victory on stage with party leaders at BJP headquarters in Lucknow, incumbent chief minister Yogi Adityanath praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. “Under PM Modi’s leadership today, the BJP has got mandate in UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa. In these four states, people have given us their blessings,” he added.

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Shiv Sena’s Priyanka congratulates BJP on UP win

Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath on Assembly election results. “Hoping all the promises made to the people of the state and its progress come true under your collective leadership,” she tweeted.

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BJP’s win in UP due to communal polarisation, control of media, money power: CPM

The CPI(M) on Thursday said the BJP’s emphatic victory in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls is due to communal polarisation, control of sections of media and money power.

The BJP raced towards a second straight win in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh and dominated the score chart in three other states, while the Aam Aadmi Party announced its national presence with a landslide victory in Punjab. 

“The BJP has won a second successive victory in the UP elections. With intensified communal polarisation, control over large sections of media and immense money power, the BJP retained government with a reduced majority. Despite the immense economic hardships faced by the people, relief measures like provision of free foodgrains have had an impact,” a statement by the CPI(M) said.

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‘Hindu-Muslim-Sikh-Isai Sabke Sab Hein Bhaajpayee’: Aparna Yadav

“Hindu-Muslim-Sikh-Isai Sabke Sab Hein Bhaajpayee,” said BJP’s Aparna Yadav. She added today’s result is an answer to all those who tried to divide Uttar on the basis of appeasement politics and caste. She says the state can’t get a better government than this.

“We are forming the government with ‘Jai Shree Ram’ on 10 March.”

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History has been created, PM Modi’s focus on development: Smriti Irani to NW18

Commenting on the BJP’s win in Uttar Pradesh and four other states, union minister Smriti Irani told CNN-News18 that history has been created by the BJP. She praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hard work and the administrative calibre of the BJP-led government. 

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Akhilesh Yadav: Fought hard but failed to send Adityanath ‘back to Gorakhpur’

While the BJP threw a pantheon of star campaigners, Akhilesh Yadav’s was virtually the lone face of his Samajwadi Party in the Uttar Pradesh elections. From distributing tickets to choosing allies, it was the SP president’s one-man show.

At 48, he is a year younger to Yogi Adityanath, the UP chief minister and the man he hoped to send back to Gorakhpur. That didn’t happen and the BJP appeared set for another term in office. Yadav fought hard, but his party trailed well behind the BJP. Born in Saifai on July 1, 1973, Yadav entered politics in 2000, winning a Lok Sabha bypoll from Kannauj and is now the MP from Azamgarh.

He contested his debut assembly election this time, picking Karhal, a segment in his father’s Mainpuri parliamentary constituency. The SP president, who burnt his fingers by partnering with the Congress in the 2017 UP polls and had joined hands with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party in last general election, this time chose to enter into an alliance with a string of small regional parties.

-PTI

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Opinion | Modi magic holds sway as Yogi bucks 35-year-old jinx in UP

The clear winner today: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. By winning Uttar Pradesh for a second consecutive term, Yogi has defeated not only the Samajwadi Party but overcome five inimical factors.

First, he has smashed the 37-year trend of UP switching governments every five years. That was a clinical demolition of history.

Second, by in effect dropping out of the race, BSP’s Mayawati had tactically converted the multi-cornered contest into a straight shoot-out between the BJP and SP. Binary contests carry dangers for the incumbent with vote shares coalescing rather than splitting. By winning in UP, though with fewer seats than in 2017, Yogi has shown that his double engine with Prime Minister Narendra Modi is firing on all cylinders.

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BJP sweeps Lakhimpur Kheri, wins all 8 seats

The ruling BJP candidates defeated their nearest rivals by a wide margin in all the eight seats of Lakhimpur Kheri district, where the killing of eight people, including four farmers, during an anti-farm law protest in October was a poll issue.

The four farmers were killed when a car allegedly belonging to Ashish Mishra, the son of Union minister Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’, ran them over.

The BJP had won all the eight seats of Lakhimpur Kheri  in 2017 but this time the contest was expected to be difficult, especially after the opposition stepped up the attack following Mishra’s release on bail a few days ahead of the polling.

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Big break: Yogi Adityanath wins Gorakhpur Sadar by more than one lakh votes

Incumbent Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has won from Gorakhpur Urban. At 4:25 pm, Adityanath was in the lead with 66.25% of the votes after 18 rounds of counting, according to the Election Commission website

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Officers who quit ED, IPS to join BJP leading in UP polls

BJP candidates Asim Arun, who had quit the Indian Police Service, and Rajeshwar Singh, who resigned from the Enforcement Directorate, to fight the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, were leading from their respective seats on Thursday, according to poll trends.

Arun was leading from the Kannauj seat with over 1.20 lakh votes and closely trailed by Samajwadi Party’s Anil Doharey, who polled 1.14 lakh votes till 4 pm, the Election Commission website showed. Singh was leading from Sarojini Nagar seat in Lucknow with 52,199 votes to his name, while his nearest rival SP’s Abhishek Mishra got 34,767 votes till 4 pm. The final results for the elections were yet to be announced. 

Both of them had taken voluntary retirement from service to join the BJP and contest the assembly polls.

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BJP spreading rumours, will form govt in UP, claims SP

The state president of the Samajwadi Party, Naresh Uttam Patel, says that the ruling BJP is spreading rumors of its victory, PTI reported. “Till now, only 50% counting is over. By celebrating, the BJP is spreading rumours,” he claimed. As per the latest results on the Election Commission, the BJP has won nine seats and is leading on 244 seats. The Samajwadi Party is ahead on 144 seats.

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Akhilesh Yadav continues to lead in Karhal

SP chief Akhilesh leads in Karhal with 65.36 per cent of the votes after 19 rounds of counting.

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‘Be vigilant until all votes are counted’: SP tells workers

“The office bearers and leaders of the Samajwadi Party alliance should not hesitate to exercise caution, keeping in mind that 60% of the votes are still to be counted and the difference in 100 seats is still around 500 votes. Stand firm and be vigilant till the final results are out,” SP says in its Twitter advisory for party cadres.

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From 206 in 2007 to 2 in 2022, Mayawati’s star has taken a deep dive

The 2022 election result has been the BSP’s worst performance to date. The EC trends show that while the BJP is romping home with 260 seats, the BSP leads only in two seats, with a vote share of 12.85 per cent.

These numbers are even worse than those of 2017 when the party won 19 seats and had a vote share of 22.3 per cent. The 2017 results had come as a shock to ‘Behenji’, as she is called popularly; her party had managed to secure 80 seats in 2012.

Political analyst and scholar Sudha Pai in a report by The Print said, “With this voting percentage, this is a clear sign that the Jatavs are deserting the BSP. The BSP has not been doing well and is on the decline as it is facing an existential crisis.”

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Akhilesh is not at fault, says Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar says Akhilesh Yadav enjoys a high stature in the country and is not at fault about the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election result. Pawar added that Akhilesh has fought better than before.

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‘Humbly accept people’s verdict’: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi says he “humbly accepts the people’s verdict” as Congress ends up with just 2 seats in Uttar Pradesh. “Humbly accept the people’s verdict. Best wishes to those who have won the mandate. My gratitude to all Congress workers and volunteers for their hard work and dedication. We will learn from this and keep working for the interests of the people of India.”

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Bulldozer of development will continue to work in UP, says Piyush Goyal

All the BJP leaders have hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the saffron party’s spectacular performance in four out of the five states where assembly elections were held over the past month. Union minister Piyush Goyal, too, said the results showed the “popularity” of Prime Minister Modi across the country.

Uttar Pradesh Election Results 2022 LATEST Updates: The Bharatiya Janata Party has registered a massive win in Uttar Pradesh. It’s looking at a tally of 260-plus, as counting for 2022 Assembly elections draws to a close.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav won from Karhal constituency. He won 60.12% of total votes cast.

He said the people of UP had been divided by casteism earlier, but now the people had chosen development in 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2022.

“When we formed govt in 2019 (at Centre), ‘experts’ said it was because of the 2017 victory (in UP)… I believe the same ‘experts’ will say that 2022 election result will decide the fate of 2024 national elections,” says PM Modi

Thanking the public, PM Modi and other ministers, Yogi Adityanath termed the mandate as one for nationalism, development and good governance.

After celebrating the BJP’s victory on stage with party leaders at BJP headquarters in Lucknow, incumbent chief minister Yogi Adityanath praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.

The ruling BJP candidates defeated their nearest rivals by a wide margin in all the eight seats of Lakhimpur Kheri district, where the killing of eight people, including four farmers, during an anti-farm law protest in October was a poll issue.

Incumbent Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has won from Gorakhpur Urban. At 4:25 pm, Adityanath was in the lead with 66.25% of the votes after 18 rounds of counting, according to the Election Commission website

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday was leading in over half of Uttar Pradesh’s Assembly seats, Election Commission data showed at 4 pm. The party appeared to be well-positioned to return to power in the state and is leading in 247 constituencies.

According to the early trends of the UP election counting of votes, the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) and the Congress are leading only in single-digit seats.

The ruling BJP appeared on course to retain power in Uttar Pradesh, with poll trends on Thursday showing the party-led alliance leading in 272 seats as against 123 of its nearest rival Samajwadi Party. The state has 403 assembly seats and 202 seats are needed to form a majority government.

BJP candidate from Nighasan, where the Lakhimpur Kheri violence had taken place in October, is leading in the elections, counting of which is underway. BJP’s sitting MLA Shashank Verma had polled 53,785 votes over his nearest rival R S Kushwaha of the Samajwadi Party (SP), who got 33,810 votes till 1.15 pm, according to the Election Commission.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was heading for a landslide victory and leading by around 31,000 votes from Gorakhpur Urban seat on Thursday. According to updated Election Commission figures, Adityanath has secured 47,427 votes while his nearest rival, Samajwadi Party’s Subhawati Shukla, bagged 16,427 votes.

In the latest trends, the ruling party was ahead in 252 seats, comfortably over the halfway mark, while the Samajwadi Party, whose leader Akhilesh Yadav attracted huge crowds at his campaign rallies, was trailing behind with leads in 116 seats.

The ruling BJP seems to be on course to retain power in Uttar Pradesh, with poll trends on Thursday showing the party leading in 247 seats as against 103 of its nearest rival Samajwadi Party.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is leading in Gorakhpur Urban Assembly constituency. Bharatiya Janata Party crossed the majority mark in Uttar Pradesh, leading in 236 constituencies, as per early trends.

In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP seems to have successfully tackled the anti-incumbency and is appeared to win over 250 seats. The majority mark in the 403-member legislative assembly is 202.

Although the trends carried by Election Commission are slower than what TV channels display, but they are more reliable. As per ECI, the BJP has taken a lead in 182 seats so far while SP is leading in 88 seats.

The BJP appeared to take a considerable lead in Uttar Pradesh, crossing the majority mark of 202, as counting of votes entered its second hour on Thursday, asd per News18.

The initial counting trends showed BJP alliance is leading in over 160 seats, with chief minister Yogi Adityanath racing ahead in Gorakhpur, reported News18.

According to the early trends, the BJP alliance in Uttar Pradesh is currently leading in 76 seats, SP-RLD alliance in 38 seats, BSP and Congress in four seats, reported CNN News18.

The counting of votes for the 403 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh began on Thursday morning with a three-layer security in place and cameras installed at all centres.

“The counting in all 75 districts of the state began at 8 am with postal ballots being counted first,” a senior election official said.

All eyes are on Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, as the state with 80 parliamentary seats holds the key to power at the Centre. If the BJP wins a majority in the 403-member assembly, it will be the first party to get a consecutive second term in more than three decades.

After a long battle and much political wrangling, the results of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will be declared today.

The counting of votes will start at 8 am on Thursday and continue till its completion. The electorally-crucial state witnessed a multi-cornered contest with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as prime contenders, ANI said in a report.

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Anupriya Patel-led Apna Dal (Sonelal) has been part of the BJP’s alliance and contested in 18 seats. Sanjay Nishad-led Nishad Party also contested the UP polls in alliance with BJP. On the other hand, SP formed an alliance with Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). Further, OP Rajbhar-led Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), a former BJP ally, also grabbed the hands of SP.

According to ANI, the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, the majority mark is 202 and the exit polls predicted that the BJP is poised to comfortably return to power with its allies for an unprecedented second term with most of them stating that the party’s tally would be less than that in 2017 elections when it had scored a landslide victory. The SP which fought the polls with RLD and some other parties would improve its performance, the exit polls predicted.

Even after the conclusion of voting, UP’s poll fever went high on Tuesday with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav alleging manipulation of electronic voting machines. SP workers staged protests in Varanasi over the issue. Following this, Election Commission ordered action against Varanasi Additional District Magistrate.

2017 UP polls

According to news agency ANI, looking back to the 2017 Assembly polls, BJP along with its alliance partners garnered 325 seats. Apna Dal and OP Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) were part of the BJP+ alliance. BJP alone had won 312 seats whereas Apna Dal got nine and SBSP bagged four seats.

SP, which held the government then, reduced to 47 seats. Notably, SP and Congress contested the 2017 elections together and Congress could only manage to get seven seats. Further, BSP had bagged just 19 seats in that election while RLD won just one seat.

Now, the constituency that garnered most of the limelight in this election is Ayodhya, the reason being the construction of the Ram Mandir. With the development of the temple town and the sentiments of Hindu voters regarding “Ram”, BJP finds itself in a relatively comfortable position in this region than its contenders, especially the Samajwadi Party, ANI said.

Further, Karhal turned out to a high-profile seat as SP chief Akhilesh Yadav contested from the constituency. Similarly, Gorakhpur Urban was also caught attention as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath contested from the seat.

When it comes to key issues in this election, farmers’ protest, job losses among migrant labourers, unemployment and most-importantly stray cattle menace may have hounded the ruling BJP leading to a jerky ride for the party. Further, some sort of anti-incumbency factor was believed to exist that might reflect on the ballot box. However, BJP was banking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charismatic image, double-engine rhetoric, free ration during the COVID pandemic and PM Awas Yojana.

On the other hand, Akhilesh Yadav-led SP was eying on youth electorates besides its traditional game of consolidation of Yadav and Muslim vote bank. Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM which was also in the fray may prove to be a spoiler in SP’s social engineering when it comes to Muslim voters. BSP supremo Mayawati who appeared to be on relatively backfoot in terms of aggressive campaigning was relying on its core Dalit vote bank, ANI said.

As Priyanka Gandhi Vadra steered Congress’ power-packed campaigns, the party has hoped that the “Ladki hoon lad sakti hoon” campaign would mobilize women voters bringing a good share of votes.

As per ANI, ahead of the counting of votes, the Additional Director General of Police (law and order) on Wednesday said that Uttar Pradesh police have ramped up the police presence and actions will be taken against those disturbing peace on the day of results.

“For March 10, we have deployed about 70,000 civil police workers, 245 company – paramilitary forces and 69 company PSE commanders. We have ensured peaceful voting, we will ensure peaceful counting also, said Prashant Kumar, UP ADG (Law and Order).

Meanwhile, the state Excise government has prohibited the sale and operation of liquor in the entire state on the day of the result.

Assembly elections were held in Uttar Pradesh from February 10 to March 7 in seven phases to elect all 403 members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The votes will be counted and the results will be declared on 10 March, ANI said.

With inputs from ANI

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