Uttar Pradesh: BJP, SP win two seats each in MLC polls
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the BJP bagged two seats each in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council election to the Graduates’ constituencies, while counting of votes was underway on one seat.
BJP candidates Manvendra Pratap Singh ‘Guru Ji’ won the Agra Division Graduates’ seat and Dinesh Goyal won the Meerut Graduates’ seat, while SP’s Ashutosh Sinha won Varanasi Division Graduates’ seat and Maan Singh Yadav won from the Allahabad-Jhansi Division Graduates’ seat, the election office said.
While the SP has wrested the Varanasi and the Allahabad-Jhansi seats from the BJP, it lost the Agra seat to the saffron party.
Counting of votes for the Lucknow Graduates’ seat was continuing, and the results are expected late in the night, UP’s Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said.
On Friday, the results for six teachers’ constituency seats were declared of which three were taken by the BJP, one by the SP and two by independents.
BJP’s Umesh Dwivedi, Shrishchandra Sharma and Hari Singh Dhillon were declared winners from Lucknow, Meerut and Bareilly-Moradabad teachers’ constituencies respectively.
SP candidates Lal Bihari Yadav won from Varanasi teachers’ constituency, and independents Akash Agarwal and Dhruv Kumar Tripathi won from the Agra and the Faizabad teachers’ constituencies respectively.
Polling was held on Tuesday for 11 seats -- five reserved for graduates and six for teachers. The BJP, SP, Congress and the teachers’ associations contested the polls, with 199 candidates in the fray.
The term of office of the MLCs from these constituencies had expired on May 6.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav issued a statement alleging that the BJP attacked police in Jhansi, fearing defeat and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.
Thousands of ballot papers were cancelled in Agra, where people are agitated over it, Yadav said.