BJP on Friday swept the Uttar Pradesh civic polls after it won 14 out of 16 mayoral seats with BSP winning on the remaining two. The BSP won Aligarh and Meerut while the saffron party won the rest.
The state election commission said in a statement, “The counting of ballots has started in all districts on a peaceful note. The results are likely by afternoon.”
The leads have come as a huge setback for Samajwadi Party, which government the state for five years between 2012 and 2017. It had lost the assembly elections to BJP in March this year.
The elections were married by thousands of voters complaining of their names having gone missing from the voters’ list. Voters, mainly Muslims, had alleged that their names were removed from voters’ list in Rampur, Aligarh, Agra and Bareilly.
Among those who found their names missing included veteran SP leader Azan Khan’s sister, who had gone to media complaining fraud after she was denied her rights to vote.
BJP’s Sidharth Nath Singh, also a cabinet minister in Yogi Adityanath government, said that by questioning the role of EVM, former chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, had acted without a grace. He said, “the mandate today shows that ours is the party of development and people know that.”