Yogi thwarts Akhilesh challenge, returns as Uttar Pradesh CM

New Delhi: The BJP was all set to be back for a second term in Uttar Pradesh with an overwhelming majority. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath himself won from Gorakhpur by over one lakh votes.

In Uttar Pradesh, the ruling BJP had won 25 seats in UP and was leading in 277 others with 41.8 percent vote share whereas the Samajwadi Party was leading in 115 seats with a 31.8 percent vote share.

Celebrations began at the BJP headquarters in the national capital after the trends indicated a thumping victory for the saffron party in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

After celebrating the BJP’s victory on stage with party leaders at BJP headquarters in Lucknow, incumbent chief minister Yogi Adityanath praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. “Under PM Modi’s leadership today, the BJP has got a mandate in UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa. In these four states, people have given us their blessings,” he added.

Gorakhpur, Lakhimpur, and Agra were termed as trouble spots for the BJP, but the results of the Assembly elections out on Thursday indicated that for the people, the incidents in these cities did not affect their decision to vote for the saffron party.

In the Lakhimpur incident in October last year, an SUV, owned by Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra, mowed down four farmers who were returning from a protest.

The incident provided fuel for the farmers’ agitation as opposition parties rushed in to cash in on the bereavement of the families. Ashish Mishra, who had been arrested, was released on bail recently, but Lakhimpur, apparently, put the incident behind and voted on all seats for the BJP.

In Agra, the death of a Dalit youth — Arun Valmiki — in police custody also became fodder for opposition politics, but now that the BJP has won all the seats in Agra, the incident is on the backburner.

The BJP’s show in the Assembly elections in five states is a reflection of the people’s faith in the party which is growing rapidly, said Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

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