The BJP won two-thirds majority in Uttar Pradesh, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the charge as assembly election results revealed on Saturday.
Here is the final tally- BJP: 324, SP- Congress: 55, BSP: 19, Others: 5
The results reflect a huge comeback for the BJP, which has been out of power in India’s largest state for 14 years. It is also a repeat of BJP’s Lok Sabha sweep, when it won 71 of the 80 seats.
A majority of exit polls had predicted a hung House, with the BJP ahead of the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, which was way behind the saffron party.
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The exit polls, however, seemed to have been right about Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, which was in the third place.
10:50 pm IST: On an ending note, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar attributed the BJP’s massive victory in Uttar Pradesh to the failure of opposition parties in forging a grand coalition besides strong protest against demonetisation.
Despite poll predictions, the ‘Mahagathbandan’ or grand coalition of JD(U), RJD and Congress had defeated BJP in Bihar assembly election 2015.
9:55 pm IST: After Akhilesh Yadav, the Congress too supports BSP leader Mayawati’s demand for a probe into EVMs used in the UP assembly polls and asked the Election Commission to seriously look into the issue.
Ghulam Nabi Azad says the party does not want to make EVMs an issue today but a large number of people have raised this issue. “This is an issue that must be looked into,” he said.
9:42 pm IST: Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi concedes, “The UP is a bad loss, it hurts... I agree that, in UP, we need fundamental restructuring thinking for the Congress as a whole. These have to be hard, tough decisions about strategy.”
9 pm IST: After his party failed to win a single seat, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi says it was a good start for the party and he would continue to work in UP to strengthen it.
8:45 pm IST: Puducherry Lt governor Kiran Bedi tweets: “UP has risen above caste, colour,creed” and “UP with Uttarakhand can transform India”.
8:30 pm IST: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu congratulates PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on the party’s “landslide victory” in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
7:30 pm IST: “We can’t have simplistic conclusions like the UP vote was in favour of demonetisation, we can’t say it was a referendum (on note ban),” PTI quotes Congress leader P Chidambaram as saying.
6:50 pm IST: Election Commission tells Mayawati there is no merit in allegations of EVM tampering in UP election.
6:30 pm IST: Akhilesh Yadav should respect the people’s verdict... by bringing EVMs, the UP CM has questioned his administration’s capabilities, says BJP’s KP Maurya.
6:20 pm IST: Congress’ Randeep Sujrewla holds a press conference, says, “We hope that BJP will rise above politics of shamshan-kabristaan and work towards development.”
“We are confident the Congress will form the government in Punjab, Goa and Manipur... We have given an answer to those who wanted a ‘Congress-free India’.”
“With over 2 lakh votes, Congress is winning the Amritsar constituency in Punjab.”
We congratulate BJP, PM Modi and Amit Shah for their victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. We will deliberate over our defeat in both states and will strive to be a responsible Opposition in both states: Sujrewala
6 pm IST: Gujarat chief minister termed the BJP’s victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand as an “end of politics of caste and creed” and said the results proved that people have accepted Modi government’s policies, including the move to demonetise currency.
5:50 pm IST: Akhilesh Yadav submits his resignation as UP chief minister to governor Ram Naik. The governor accepts his resignation and asks him to continue till the next government takes over.
5:40 pm IST: Satyaveer Tyagi of BJP wins from Kithore seat of Meerut defeating cabinet minister Shahid Manzoor.
5:30 pm IST: TV channels report home minister Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj wins Noida assembly seat.
5:20 pm IST: The alliance (with Congress) will stay together in the future too, UP CM clarifies. Critics have blamed the Congress for sinking Samajwadi Party’s performance in the state.
“I guess the people of UP want even more work.”
5:15pm IST: “Our cycle was a tubeless cycle. In politics, you can never say what happens... until someone does work better than us, our work will speak,” says Akhilesh Yadav, addressing the media at his residence in Lucknow.
To the crowd, Akhilesh says: “I think it’s my time to leave.”
“I will take responsibility about the defeat only after deliberating on it,” says the defeated UP chief minister.
5:10pm IST: Akhilesh fuels Mayawati’s accusation of EVMs being tampered, says: “There are some people who received more votes than before, but still lost.”
5:05pm IST: “UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav addresses media, says: I accept the democratic mandate. I hope that the incumbent government does good work and better work than my government.”
“EVM issue that the BSP chief Mayawati has raised should be looked it. I will try to find out through booth level analysis, but the government must get it investigated if someone has raised the issue.”
May be people didn’t like the Expressway and they voted for the bullet train... I wonder, did people just turn up at booths but not vote: Akhilesh
5 pm IST: Prime Minister Narendra Modi replies to Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, says: “Thank you. Long live democracy!”
4:50 pm IST: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat, tweets: “I congratulate Shri. Narendra Modi and the BJP on their victory in Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand (sic).”
Gandhi goes on to congratulate Capt Amrinder Singh for Congress victory in Punjab, adding: “To all Congress workers across India: We stand resolute & committed to our values & our belief in an India united in strength & purpose (sic).”
Our fight continues and will not end till we win the hearts & minds of people— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) March 11, 2017
4:30 pm IST: Watch | HT Take: How Modi became UP’s ‘Shah’
4:10 pm IST: Union minister Smriti Irani says Priyanka Gandhi is equally responsible for Congress’ poor performance in UP.
“One has to do justice. This is not only Mr Rahul Gandhi’s failure. Ghulam Nabi Azad had very magnanimously claimed that Priyanka is very much part of the strategy..I think the sibling (Priyanka) waiting in the wings has equally failed. So to say only Rahul has failed will be injustice to him,” PTI quoted Irani as saying.
4:00 pm IST: Police will do its job in Gayatri Prajapati case: Shah
3:58 pm IST: Shah says the party will fulfil the promises it has made to the people of Uttar Pradesh
3:57 pm IST: Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi criticised demonetisation in every single rally in the state: Shah
3:51 pm IST: The poor of this country have placed faith in PM Modi, says BJP president
3:49 pm IST: The leader of the party will be elected solely on the basis of merit: Shah on CM candidate
3:45 pm IST: Don’t be stuck in the Hindu-Muslim debate; a voter is a voter: Shah
3:41 pm IST: Shah refuses to comment on Mayawati’s statement on EVMs being tampered
3:40 pm IST: The avenues of development in Uttar Pradesh are now open, says Shah.
3:37 pm IST: Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhnad voters have accepted the politics of performance. BJP is on the verge of winning 6 out of 10 seats in Rae Bareilly and Amethi, says Shah
3:35 pm IST: BJP president Amit Shah addresses media at party headquarters in Delhi, says the party has received unprecedented 2/3rd majority in UP and Uttarakhand; the biggest win post-independence
3:31 pm IST: The credit goes to PM Modi, BJP workers and people of UP. Chief minister will be decided by Central Parliamentary Board: Keshav Prasad Maurya to ANI
3:29 pm IST: SP’s Azam Khan is leading on Rampur seat with 44830 votes
3:19 pm IST: BSP’s Hakim Lal wins Handia seat of Allahabad with 72446 votes
3:15 pm IST: Latest trends: BJP: 316, SP-Congress: 63, BSP: 18, Others: 6
3:10 pm IST: Clean Sweep! BJP wins all 3 seats in Noida and all 5 seats in Ghaziabad
2:52 pm IST: Neelam Karwariya, wife of two time MLA Uday Bhan Karwariya of BJP wins with 67807 votes on Meja Seat defeating her nearest rival Ram Sewak Singh of SP
2:49 pm IST: BJP’s national secretary Sidharth Nath Singh registers his maiden poll victory in Allahabad West by securing 85518 votes. He was contesting against SP’s Richa Singh
2:28 pm IST: Raghuraj Pratap Singh (Raja Bhaiya), who was contesting as an Independent candidate, wins from Kunda in Pratapgarh by a margin of over 1 lakh votes.
2:19 pm IST: This is the wave of change. People realised biggest hindrance in development of poor is SP, BSP and Congress: BJP’s Shrikant Sharma to ANI
2:08 pm IST: BJP’s Anil Rajbhar wins from Shivpur in Varanasi
2:00 pm IST: I thank the people of Jaswant Nagar for my victory. Rest we accept people’s mandate: Shivpal Yadav to ANI
1:50 pm IST: Vinod Kumar (IND) leads by a margin of 22% in Babaganj; Yogendra Upadhyaya from BJP leads by a margin of 21% in Agra South
1:44 pm IST: I request the Election Commission of India to suspend the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly election results and get a foreign investigative team to probe the voting machines.
1:42 pm IST: I openly challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to write the Election Commission and ask for a review of the voting process and machines, says Mayawati
1:41 pm IST: Most votes in Muslim majority constituencies have gone to the BJP, makes it evident that voting machines were manipulated: Mayawati
1:39 pm IST: BSP supremo Mayawati addresses media, says EVMs were managed to not record votes of any other party
1:30 pm IST: I thank the people of UP for showing confidence in BJP and giving it a historic mandate, tweets party president Amit Shah
1:20 pm IST: BJP is leading in all 19 assembly seats in Bundelkhand region, where the BSP was confident was doing exceptionally well
1:10 pm IST: Jai Kumar Singh Jaiki is comfortably ahead of his Samajwadi Party rival by 28% in Jahanabad
1:00 pm IST: BJP’s Bhupesh Chaubey leading by a margin of 21% in Robertsganj
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12:46 pm IST: BSP’s Hakimlal Bind wins Handia seat of Allahabad by a margin of 8000 votes
12:42 pm IST: Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will address media at 5 PM, reports ANI
12:40 pm IST: Independent candidate Amarmani Tripathi wins from Nautanwa
12:35 pm IST: Abdullah Azam Khan, elder son of senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, is leading with 44,340 votes in Suar constituency in Rampur.
12:32 pm IST: After 8 rounds on Allahabad south seat: SP’s Parvez Ahmad is leading with 25681 vote
12:30 pm IST: We did not expect such a disaster. We now need to rework our priorities and strategy for Uttar Pradesh, says Congress worker Chaudhary Satyaveer Singh
12:23 pm IST: Latest trends: BJP: 303, SP-Congress: 71, BSP: 20
12: 20 pm IST: A group of Muslim women prepare ladoos as trends indicate BJP sweeping to power, in Varanasi. ( HT Photo)
12:15 pm IST: Noida after 19 rounds: BJP’s Pankaj Singh, son of home minister Rajnath Singh, is leading over his nearest rival by 60080 votes.
12:13 pm IST: A deserted Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow. The SP-Congress alliance is facing a heavy defeat in the state. Midday counting trends showed the BJP leading in 305 of the state’s 403 seats, leaving the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance way behind at 71 seats.
12:10 pm IST: Congress’ Rajesh Mishra is leading in Varansi South
WATCH: BJP UP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya celebrates in Lucknow as BJP leading in Uttar Pradesh pic.twitter.com/PkH2RNMAqm— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 11, 2017
11:53 am IST: BJP supporters wearing PM Modi’s mask celebrate party’s surge outside ‘Mini PMO’ in Varanasi (HT Photo)
11:51 am IST: Sangeeta Yadav from BJP leads by a huge margin of 28% in Chauri-Chaura
11:50 am IST: Praveen Kumar Singh of BJP wins Allahabad’ Phulpur seat by over 20000 votes
11:41 am IST: After round 6, BJP’s Harshvardhan Bajpai is leading with 18309 votes in Allahabad North
11:39 am IST: Today the nation is standing with PM Modi. This is the victory of people of UP and Uttarakhand: Union minister Piyush Goyal
11:32 am IST: BJP’s Brijesh Singh has won on Deoband seat; SP’s Shivpal Yadav is ahead in Jaswant Nagar (Etawah)
11:31 am IST: Latest trends: BJP leading in 302 seats, SP-Congress in 71 seats, BSP in 20 seats
11:27 am IST: After eighth round, BJP leads in Pindara with a margin of 16,000 votes, Congress’ Ajay Rai trailing.
11:25 am IST: After 7th round, Independent candidate Raghuraj Pratap Singh aka Raja Bhaiya leading on Pratapgarh’a Kunda seat by 23,345 votes. BJP ‘s Janki Sharan running second
11:20 am IST: HT explains through graphics the margin of victory/lead and voter turnout in the state
11:18 am IST: We respect the mandate, but development has lost and vote bank politics has won: Congress’ Rajiv Shukla on UP results
11:15 am IST: At the end of round five, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidates lead in all five assembly segments in Ghaziabad district
11:14 am IST: BJP breaks dominance of Congress in Mathura, Sri Kant Sharma leads by 25,000 votes after 5 rounds
11:10 am IST: The Samajwadi Party wholeheartedly accepts the verdict of the people of Uttar Pradesh. I congratulate BJP for winning the vote of the people.We are proud of the positive and development based campaign we have run: Ghanshyam Tiwari, National Spokesperson, Samajwadi Party
11:05 am IST: It’s a neck-and-neck fight in Tilhar Shahjahanpur between BJP and Congress: Congress’ Jitin Prasada is leading by 2592 votes whereas BJP’s Roshan Lala is leading by 2595 votes
11:00 am IST: After five rounds of counting, BJP’s Rani Pakshalika Singh is leading by 5221 votes in Bah
10:59 am IST: After four rounds of counting on Allahabad South seat: Nand Gopal Gupta of BJP is leading with 1,34,584 votes, SP’s Pervez Ahmad of SP is running second with120864 votes
10:55 am IST: It’s saffron Holi for BJP! As the party heads towards a full majority government in the state, workers celebrate in PM Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi
10:52 am IST: BJP national secretary Sri Kant Sharma is leading in Mathura and looking for convenient win against three time MLA and leader of Congress Legislature in assembly Pradeep Mathur
10:48 am IST: After 9th round of voting, BJP’s Pankaj Singh leads by 26672 votes in Noida.
In Dadri, BJP’s Tejpal Singh Nagar is leading over his nearest rival Satvir Singh Gujjar of BSP by 19126 votes after eighth round
In Jewar, BJP’s Thakur Dhirendra Singh is leading by 1300 votes in Jewar
10:45 am IST: Watch our editors analyse early trends in assembly elections
10:44 am IST: Suresh Rana of BJP trailing by 6000 votes against his BSP rival Rao Waris in Thanabhawan constituency of Shamli
10:42 am IST: Samajwadi Party leading in 3 seats Mainpuri, Karhal and Bhongaon but trailing in Kisni. Mainpuri is parliamentary seat where MSY won but vacated seat for his grandson Tej Pratap Singh Yadav to win.
10:40 am IST: BJP workers celebrate in Varanasi (HT Photo)
10:37 am IST: CM Akhilesh Yadav, whose Samajwadi Party is facing heavy defeat, is likely to meet UP governor at 2 pm today
10:34 am IST: In Allahabad, BJP is leading in nine seats out of 12
10:32 am IST: Aligarh swept by Modi wave with BJP candidates leading in all seven seats.
10:31 am IST: BJP’s Sangeet som leading by more than 15000 votes by his nearest rival Atul Pradhan of SP
10:30 am IST: SP’s Richa Singh is trailing second on Allahabad West seat
10:29 am IST: After third round, BJP candidates are leading in all five assembly seats in Ghaziabad district.
10:20 am IST: People have rejected the SP-Congress alliance in a big way, this is a vote for development: BJP’s Yogi Adityanath tells ANI
10:15 am IST: BJP is leading in Lakhimpur and Badaun