Ahead of the counting of votes, on Friday, candidates kept a low profile amid the excitement of party cadres who were celebrating their party’s victory before the declaration of results.
There are 403 assembly seats in the state. Gautam Budh Nagar has three constituencies — Dadri, Noida and Jewar — that went to polls in the first phase of elections on February 11. A total of 7,45,017 of the 12,86,431 registered voters exercised their franchise. A total of 36 candidates —14 from Noida, 14 from Dadri and 8 from Jewar — contested the polls.
At Samajwadi Party’s office in Noida, the mood among the workers was sombre despite the party’s Noida candidate, Sunil Chaudhary, expressing confidence that he will win the seat.
“I am confident that all Muslim, Gujjar and Yadav votes in Noida rural have been cast in my favour. Similarly, the urban population also supports me and I will win the Noida seat by a huge margin. However, we have avoided celebrating prematurely,” Chaudhary said.
Chaudhary has also planned his celebrations on the day of the results if he wins the seat. “I will visit a temple first and seek my mother’s blessings. Then, I will celebrate the victory with the party workers and the Noida public.”
Candidates of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), known for its low profile in media and ground-level campaigning, also said they did not want to jump the gun and celebrate early.
“Even if we win, we will hold a low-key event as this will be the victory of our party’s workers. Our goal is to serve the people and that is why I have fought the elections. I will be present at the vote counting centre early morning tomorrow. I will visit a temple later,” Ravi Kant Mishra, BSP’s Noida candidate, said.
BSP’s Jewar candidate, Ved Ram Bhati, prioritised the calculation of vote statistics before the counting day. “Our only focus for tomorrow is to be present at the vote counting centre on time and ensure that the process is carried out smoothly. Celebrations will be carried out by the party workers as it will be their win,” Bhati said.
Candidates contesting the Dadri seat said there is no need for extravagant celebrations.
“I am a school teacher and I have an image of being a simple man in Dadri. I don’t believe in an ugly show of money or power and I will do my best to ensure that we do not indulge in loud celebrations. It will be like any other day for me,” Tejpal Singh Nagar, BJP’s Dadri candidate, said.
Satveer Gurjar, BSP’s Dadri candidate, said, “Our victory is confirmed and we will head to the counting centre to ensure our win. Our workers will celebrate the victory in a simple manner.”