BJP sweeps MLC elections in UP, loses Varanasi seat | Latest News India

One month after his landslide victory in the Uttar Pradesh General Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday won the biennial polls of the state legislature (local authorities) by winning 24 of the 27 constituencies where the elections took place at 9 p.m. In addition, the party was previously elected without opposition in nine seats – bringing the total to 33 of the 36 constituencies.

While the Second Chamber has 100 seats, voting was raised for 36 seats. As nine candidates from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BKP) were elected unopposed, only 27 seats were cast.

The results of the elections for 27 constituencies were announced on Tuesday by UP’s chief electoral officer AK Shukla.

Among the remaining seats, Independent candidates won two while the last seat was taken by the Jansatta Dal (Loktantrik) party. The Samajwadi Party, the main opposition in the state, drew a blank.

The results bring the BJP past the half mark in the 100-member UP council.

For the polls, the BJP had 32 members in the House. This is the first time in 40 years that each political party has won the absolute majority in the UP Council.

“The highest score of the BJP in the Vidhan Parishad was 54 when the strength of the House was 108 before the hill state of Uttarakhand was cut out of UP in 2000,” a Vidhan Parishad official said while requesting anonymity.

The BJP now has 65 of the 100 seats in the First Chamber. It has 273 (with alliance) of the 403 seats in the lower house.

The voters in these polls were representatives of urban and rural organizations such as village councils and corporations among others.

With these results, the number of the BJP in the 100 members of the First Chamber goes up to 65, because the party already had 32 members. The SP has 17 MLCs and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has four.

The only setback for the BJP was its loss in Varanasi – the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – where the party came a distant third.

Independent candidate Annapurna Singh took a decisive victory on the seat with 4234 votes, while Umesh Yadav of SP 345 votes and Sudama Patel of BJP 170 votes.

The BJP lost the Pratapgarh seat to Akhshya Kumar Singh of Jansatta Dal (Loktantrik) party, while the Azamgarh seat, considered a SP stronghold, went to Independent candidate Vikrant Singh, son of sitting BJP MLC Yashwant Singh, who was recently from the party.

The 36 seats for election come under 35 constituencies of local body, divided over 58 districts. The Mathura-Etah-Mainpuri constituency had two seats, while the rest each had one seat. UP is one of a handful of states with a bicameral legislature.

he Congress, Apna Dal (Sonelal) and Nishad party have one member each in the House. The teacher group has 2 MLCs, while the independent group (‘Nirdal Samooh’) and independents each have 1 MLC.

A functionally aware of developments said the party is set to add more MLCs to the number in June-July, when it could reach a 3/4 majority. “The governor will nominate 6 members to the House of Representatives in the next two months and all nominated members are practically ruling party MLCs,” the official said.

“Then the polls for 11 MLC seats are among the assembly elections in July this year. It has been decided in advance that the BJP will get 9 of these eleven seats, while the remaining 2 will go to the SP,” he added.



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