BSP won mayoral seats in Meerut and Aligarh.
In Gorakhpur, the hometown of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the BJP candidate was leading and in Moradabad and Kanpur too, the ruling party candidates were in the lead. "Those who are talking about Gujarat could not even open account in Amethi", said Adityanath on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who is a three-time MP from Amethi. "It was disheartening to note that the BJP gained on places where EVMs were used", said SP leader and MLC Rajpal Kashyap.
Adityanath who went on a whirl wind tour of the state to ensure the victory of his party candidates, described it as a "historic win".
These elections are being viewed as a litmus test for the SP, BSP and Congress as well. While early trends show the BJP winning the state civic polls, the final results are expected by the evening. Results will be communicated to the candidates through SMS on their registered mobile numbers. The Adityanath government, soon after assuming office, had constituted two municipal corporations: Ayodhya and Vrindavan-Mathura. The SP is closely analysing the results, he said. Over 3.36 crore voters exercised their rights at 36,269 polling booths in the state to decide the fate of 79,113 candidates.
The state election commission previously said that counting of votes will be held at 334 centers at district headquarters. This must be pleasing for BSP chief Mayawati who unsuccessfully tried everything in the book to make her Dalit-Muslim combination work during the 2014 and 2017 polls.
The overall percentage recorded an improvement from 46.2 per cent in 2012 to 52.5 per cent this time.
In the state Uttar Pradesh, the civic elections are much crucial as both BSP and the SP and BSP are trying to win their voters back at the urban centers, these towns also consolidate their voter base, which was worn for the duration of the assembly elections past year on the month of March.
For the Congress especially, the poor show will hurt as it comes a few weeks before the crucial assembly polls in Gujarat where it is trying to regain power after 22 years.