EMERGING TRENDS in the urban local bodies poll indicate a major jolt to that Samajwadi Party, leading only in the Allahabad seat, in the mayoral election.
While the BJP was leading in Meerut, Agra, Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Kanpur and Aligarh, Congress candidates were leading on Bareilly, Lucknow and Jhansi seats.
The SEC said Congress candidate Dr Manzoor Ahmed was leading by a margin of 2,500 votes over his nearest rival Dinesh Sharma of the BJP. Samajwadi Party candidate Dr Madhu Gupta was trailing on the third position.
While in Bareilly, Congress candidate Supriya Aron was leading by a margin of 33,000 votes, BJP candidate Damyanti Goyal was leading by 20,000 votes in Ghaziabad. Also, BJP candidate Madhu was leading by 29,000 votes in Meerut.
In Moradabad, BJP candidate Veena Agarwal was leading by 5,800 votes. In Aligarh, Ashutosh Varshney of the BJP was leading by 1,200 votes. In Agra too, BJP candidate Anjula Singh Mahaur was leading by 8,000 votes.
There was neck-to-neck contest between the BJP and Congress in Kanpur. At the time of filing of this report, BJP candidate Ravindra Patni was leading by a small margin over Congress candidate Badri Narayan Tiwari.
Now, Samajwadi Party’s only solace. Its candidate Vinod Chandra Dubey was leading by a margin of 4,000 votes over his nearest rival Chaudhary Jitendra Nath Singh of the Congress in Allahabad. Counting of ballot papers started late in Gorakhpur. BJP candidate Anju Chaudhary maintained an early lead over her nearest rival Sitaram Jaiswal of the Samajwadi Party.
In Varanasi the BJP candidate Kaushlendra Singh was leading by 1,000 votes. In Jhansi, Congress candidate Dr B Lal was leading by 7.000 votes over his nearest rival. State Election Commission officials told mediapersons that counting of ballot papers for the mayoral post in majority of the Nagar Nigams would be completed by Tuesday afternoon.
The counting started at a slow pace at 8 am today under heavy security. As the day passed the counting picked up in the districts. In the first round, the votes polled for nagar panchayats and nagar palika parishad were counted.
Later the counting for Nagar Nigams started. Contrary to the allegation of rigging in the nagar palika parishad and nagar panchayats, independent candidates have captured maximum number of chairman posts. While Samajwadi Party and BJP too have performed well by bagging several Chairman posts.