Ghaziabad district, where the Bharatiya Janata Party for the first time won all five seats in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, received only a consolation as newly elected legislator Atul Garg, 59, was given the minister of state (MoS) charge during the oath taking ceremony held in Lucknow.
Also, there was no representation given to any of the three MLAs elected from neighbouring Gautam Budh Nagar district. BJP candidates won all the seats — Jewar, Dadri and Noida.
The MoS charge was given to Ghaziabad assembly segment MLA, Atul Garg. The win in the assembly elections was his first since his defeat in the 2012 assembly elections.
Garg defeated Bahujan Samaj Party’s sitting MLA Suresh Bansal and also Congress candidate KK Sharma, who had defeated Garg’s father, the late Dinesh Chand Garg, in the 1985 elections.
“Representation given to Atulji will help in the progress of Ghaziabad and he is expected to work harder for development. There have been non-stop celebrations since Sunday afternoon as the new chief minister took oath and our candidate also got representation in the cabinet. A team from BJP’s Ghaziabad unit also went to Lucknow and greeted the new chief minister,” Ajay Sharma, city-president, BJP, said.
The BJP unit had earlier requested the party leadership for a ministerial berth to three probables, Sunil Sharma from Sahibabad, Atul Garg from Ghaziabad and Dr Manju Shivach from Modi Nagar.
This is the first time that BJP candidates have made a clean sweep of all five seats. In the 2012 assembly elections, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) secured four of the five seats but all their sitting MLAs were trounced in the recently concluded polls. Way back in 1951 and 1957, the Congress candidates had performed a clean sweep of all three seats in the district, when the district was part of Meerut.
The first BJP candidate to win a seat in any of the constituencies of Ghaziabad was Baleshwar Tyagi, who also went on to become a cabinet minister. He won the elections from the Ghaziabad segment consecutively in 1991, 1993 and 1996. He also held the portfolio of education and MoS (home) in Uttar Pradesh.