BJP on way to big victory in UP civic polls

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Kolkata: Joining the chorus with BSP chief Mayavati, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav blamed the "EVM tampering" as the reason behind civic poll debacle in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, adding though BJP won the polls, the winning percentage of the party is low.

The UP civic poll results would give a strong boost to the BJP ahead of the crucial Gujarat Assembly elections where polling is scheduled for December 9 and December 14.

BJP's Yogi Adityanath was the star campaigner for Uttar pradesh local body elections.

Without taking Gandhi's name, he said, "It will be better for those criticising the Gujarat model of development that they learn from the defeat in Amethi civic polls and come on the ground to do some work, rather than loosing arrows in the air". BJP sources said a major highlight of the current round election was complete polarisation of votes.

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BJP's mayor candidates have won in Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Ghaziabad, Bareilly, Agra, Firozabad, Ayodhya, Mathura, Lucknow, Kanpur, Saharanpur, Jhansi, Bareilly and Moradabad and the BSP has won in Aligarh and Meerut. 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.

In 2012, the BJP had bagged 10 out of the 12 mayoral seats in the state. Earlier, it used to extend support to independent candidates. While SP won 477 wards, BSP emerged victorious in 262 and Congress in 158.

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. Congress had a drubbing as it lost its bastion Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of its vice president Rahul Gandhi. There was massive celebration by the BJP in Gujarat today for its UP win.