Chappa Chappa..Bha Ja Pa! (every corner is BJP) was the victory cry of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in UP’s Gautam Budh Nagar district, where all three assembly seats – Noida, Jewar and Dadri -- were conquered by their candidates.
As the counting progressed on Saturday, BJP supporters in Noida gathered at the party’s election office in Sector 4, and celebrations began well before noon as the party led in over 300 seats across the state, as per early counting results.
BJP candidates in Gautam Budh Nagar secured about 50% votes in all three constituencies.
The party supporters congratulated each other and celebrated with colours, fireworks, and trumpets, and distributed sweets outside the election office in Noida.
“In previous assembly elections, the BJP never received such a mandate from people in western UP. But, this time, the party’s agenda and its leadership has given people a reason to vote,” Subhash Chandra, a lawyer, said.
Political observers say incidents such as Kairana exodus, Muzaffarnagar riots and Dadri lynching played a major role in polarising voters in western UP. The episodes also marked the failure of the Samajwadi Party (SP) government and Bahujan Samajwadi Party’s (BSP) leadership in handling the situations, ultimately benefitting the BJP in the election.
Pankaj Singh, son of Union home minister Rajnath Singh, contested from Noida Metropolitan seat and registered a victory with a total of 1,62,417 votes, beating the nearest rival, Sunil Choudhary of SP, by 1,04,016 votes. Singh secured a mandate of 63.8 % voters in the Noida assembly constituency.
Tejpal Singh Nagar, who contested under the BJP’s banner from the Dadri assembly constituency, secured 1,41,226 votes, beating the nearest rival and former BSP MLA from Dadri, Satveer Singh Gurjar, by 80,177 votes. Nagar secured over 53% votes in the constituency.
BSP chief’s Mayawati’s village Badalpur is in Dadri constituency.
In Jewar, initially it was a close contest between BJP’s Dhirendra Singh and former BSP MLA Vedram Bhati. But, as counting progressed, Singh emerged the clear winner with a margin of 22,173 votes. Singh secured 48.7% votes in Jewar.