Even in MLC polls, SP fails to rock BJP’s boat, saffron force wins big
Lucknow: In UP, the BJP has won 33 out of 36 seats in the Local Authority Area (MLC) of the Legislative Council. The BJP got 24 seats out of the counting of votes in 27 seats on Tuesday. Earlier, BJP candidates had won 9 seats unopposed. The main opposition party’s account could not be opened. With the thumping victory, the BJP has also secured a majority in the upper house of the state legislature. With this victory, the number of BJP members in the 100-member Upper House has increased to 67.
Official sources in the Election Commission said that the counting of votes for 27 seats began at 8 am, with the BJP leading from the beginning. In the results announced later in the afternoon, the BJP won 24 out of 27 seats, while the party suffered defeats in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi, Azamgarh and Pratapgarh.
SP, which won 111 seats in the recently concluded assembly elections, did not even open its account in the Legislative Council elections. It also had to face defeat in Etawah-Farrukhabad and Azamgarh, considered strongholds.
According to the declared results, BJP won Moradabad-Bijnor, Rampur-Bareilly, Pilibhit-Shahjahanpur, Sitapur, Lucknow-Unnao, Rae Bareilly, Sultanpur, Barabanki, Bahraich, Gonda, Faizabad, Basti-Siddharthnagar, Gorakhpur-Maharajganj, Deoria-Kushinagar, Ballia, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Allahabad, Jhansi-Jalaun-Lalitpur, Kanpur-Fatehpur, Etawah-Farrukhabad, Agra-Firozabad, Meerut-Ghaziabad and Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur seats were won.
Voting for the remaining 27 seats was held last Saturday. However, the BJP has suffered a setback in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi. Independent candidate Annapurna Singh won here. The BJP slipped to the third position. Apart from this, the independent candidate also won the Azamgarh seat. The candidate of Jansatta Dal Loktantrik was victorious from Pratapgarh seat.
Annapurna Singh, wife of former MLC Brijesh Singh, has won the election as an independent candidate in Varanasi by getting 4234 votes. She defeated nearest rival Umesh Yadav of SP by 3889 votes. BJP candidate Sudama Patel stood third with 170 votes. Apart from this, 127 ballots have been canceled.
BJP candidate from Gorakhpur-Maharajganj seat CP. Chand defeated his nearest rival Rajneesh Yadav of SP by 4432 votes. Chand got 4839 votes while Yadav got only 407 votes.
Dinesh Pratap Singh of BJP defeated his nearest rival Virendra Shankar Singh of SP by 2175 votes from Rae Bareli seat. Dinesh got 2304 votes and Virendra got 129 votes. Dinesh has been elected MLC for the third time in a row.
In Kanpur-Fatehpur seat, BJP candidate Avinash Singh Chouhan defeated his nearest rival SP’s Dilip Singh Yadav by 4387 votes. Chouhan got 4686 votes, while Yadav got 299 votes.
Satya Pal Saini of BJP has won from Moradabad-Bijnor seat. He defeated his nearest rival Ajay Malik of SP by 5939 votes. Saini got 6842 votes while Malik got 903 votes.
BJP’s Vishal Singh Chanchal won from Ghazipur seat. He defeated his nearest rival Madan Yadav of SP by 1790 votes. Chanchal got 2422 votes while SP’s Madan Yadav got 632 votes.
Vijay Shivhare of BJP won the Agra-Firozabad seat by a margin of 3266 votes. Shivhare got 3471 votes. His nearest rival SP candidate Dilip Yadav got only 205 votes.
BJP candidate Vandana Mudit Verma has won the Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur seat. He defeated his nearest rival SP candidate Arif by 3001 votes. Vandana got 3843 votes while Arif got 842 votes.
From Jhansi-Lalitpur-Jalaun seat, BJP candidate Rama Niranjan defeated his nearest rival Shyam Sundar Singh of SP by a margin of 579 votes. Rama got 2092 votes while Singh got 1513 votes.
From Jaunpur seat, BJP candidate Brijesh Singh was re-elected as MLC after winning by a margin of 2357 votes. Singh got 3129 votes, while SP candidate Manoj Yadav got 772 votes.
Sudhir Gupta, BJP’s candidate from Pilibhit-Shahjahanpur seat defeated his nearest rival Amit Yadav of SP by 3335 votes. Gupta got 3600 votes while Yadav got only 265 votes.
BJP has also won from Lucknow-Unnao seat. Here BJP candidate Ramchandra Pradhan defeated his nearest rival SP’s Sunil Singh by 3088 votes. Pradhan got 3488 votes while Singh had to be satisfied with 400 votes.
Ratanpal Singh of BJP won Deoria seat by 3224 votes. He got 4255 votes. His nearest rival, Dr Kafeel Khan of SP, got 1031 votes.
In Prayagraj, KP Srivastava of BJP defeated his nearest rival Vasudev Yadav of SP by a margin of 1658 votes. Srivastava got 3180 votes while SP’s Vasudev Yadav got 1522 votes.
In Bahraich also, BJP has raised its flag. District Magistrate Dinesh Chandra Singh said that BJP candidate Dr Pragya Tripathi defeated her nearest rival Amar Yadav of SP by 3188 votes. Pragya got 3419 votes and Yadav got 231 votes.
In Meerut-Ghaziabad, BJP candidate Dharmendra Bhardwaj defeated his nearest rival Sunil Rohta of SP by 3433 votes. Bhardwaj got 3710 votes and Rohta got 277 votes.
BJP’s Shailendra Pratap Singh won from Sultanpur seat by a margin of 1269 votes. Singh got 2480 votes and his nearest rival SP candidate Shilpa Prajapati got 1211 votes.
BJP candidate Maharaj Singh has won from Bareilly-Rampur seat. He defeated his nearest rival SP candidate Mashkoor Ahmed by 3826 votes. Singh got 4227 votes while Ahmed got 401 votes.
In Pratapgarh seat, Rajabhaiya’s Jansatta Dal Loktantrik candidate Akshay Pratap Singh defeated his nearest rival Hari Pratap Singh of BJP by a margin of 1107 votes. Akshay Pratap Singh got total 1721 votes while Hari Pratap Singh got 614 votes. SP’s Vijay Bahadur got 380 votes.
From Basti-Siddharthnagar seat, BJP candidate Subhash Yaduvansh won by 4280 votes. He got a total of 5167 votes. SP candidate Santosh Yadav Sunny got 887 votes.
Angad Kumar Singh of BJP was declared the winner from Barabanki seat by 1745 votes. He got 2272 votes while his nearest rival Rajesh Yadav of SP got 527 votes.
BJP candidate Hari Om Pandey defeated his nearest rival SP’s Hiralal Yadav by 1680 votes from Faizabad-Ambedkar Nagar seat in Ayodhya. Pandey got 2724 votes and Yadav got 1044 votes.
BJP candidate Awadhesh Kumar Singh has won the Gonda-Balrampur seat. District Magistrate Ujjwal Kumar said that Singh defeated his nearest rival Bhanu Tripathi of SP by 4401 votes. The SP candidate got only 171 votes.
Former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar’s grandson Ravi Shankar Singh Pappu has won from Ballia seat. He got 2259 votes and SP candidate Arvind Giri got 278 votes. Pappu has won for the fourth time in a row. He left the SP and joined the BJP at the end of the assembly elections.
BJP candidate Pawan Kumar Singh won the Sitapur seat with a huge margin. He got 3753 votes, while his nearest rival SP’s Arunesh Yadav got only 61 votes.
From Etawah-Farrukhabad seat, BJP candidate Pranshu Dutt Dwivedi defeated SP candidate Harish Yadav by a huge margin of 3482 votes. Dwivedi got 4139 votes and SP candidate Harish Yadav got 657 votes.
Vikrant Singh, son of MLC Yashwant Singh, who was expelled from BJP, won Azamgarh seat by a margin of 2813 votes. Singh got a total of 4075 votes. His nearest rival, BJP candidate Arun Kant Yadav got 1262 votes, while SP candidate Rakesh Yadav had to be satisfied with only 356 votes.
The state’s 100-member Legislative Council now has 67 members from BJP, 17 from SP, four from BSP and one each from Congress, Jansatta Dal Loktantrik, Apna Dal and Nishad Party. Apart from this, there are three independent members, two of the teacher’s team while one member of the independent group.
36 seats of the Legislative Council had become vacant due to the end of the term of the members concerned on March 7. The 37th seat of the House fell vacant due to the death of Leader of Opposition Ahmed Hassan. Apart from this, another seat has fallen vacant due to resignation from the membership of the Legislative Council due to the election of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to the Legislative Assembly.