Published On: Fri, Dec 1st, 2017

UP civic polls: BJP wins 14 of 16 mayoral seats

Lucknow: The Bharatiya Janata Party swept the state civic polls on Friday winning 14 of the 16 mayoral seats as Yogi Adityanath emerged on top in his first major electoral test after taking over as chief minister in March.

BJP also scored impressive victories in Kanpur and Ghaziabad

The Congress faced the embarrassment of losing in its bastion Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Rahul Gandhi.

On the other hand, Mayawati-led BSP, sprang a surprise as it managed to win the mayoral posts in western UP’s Aligarh and Meerut.

Lucknow, which elected BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia as its first woman mayor, was among the prestigious seats including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, temple town Ayodhya and Adityanath’s home turf Gorakhpur, that the BJP won.

BJP also scored impressive victories in Kanpur and Ghaziabad with its nominees emerging victors by a margin of over a lakh votes.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the results reaffirmed people’s support for the GST which has made doing business “easier” for traders.

BJP chief Amit Shah said that it was clear that the people had embraced the economic reforms and rejected politics of caste, appeasement and dynasty.

The results are all the more a boost to the saffron party as they come days before the high-stakes Gujarat Assembly polls.

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