BJP all set to form government in UP
Updated: Mar 11
BJP is all set to form the government in Uttar Pradesh for a second consecutive term. Over two hours into the counting, leads from Round 1 and postal ballots put Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Bharatiya Janata Party at 260 seats with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party a distant second with 125 seats. The Samajwadi Party has improved its performance with a double-digit positive vote swing - the SP’s vote share is at 32% for these assembly elections. The BJP and its allies have also improved by a couple of percentage points and are at 43%.
The narrative in these 2022 Assembly Elections across the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur so far seems to be the further marginalisation of the Congress in India’s electoral politics.
Commentators are also prepping to write obituaries for Mayawati’s BSP which, along with the Congress, has seen a significant erosion of vote share. In an increasingly bipolar race in Uttar Pradesh, both parties have been reduced to half-a-dozen leads and may end up with 4-5 MLAs in the new Vidhan Sabha. Elections for the 403 seats of the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, spread over 75 districts, were held in seven phases between February 10 and March 7. More than 3.75 lakh voters exercised their franchise. Counting for Round 1 has been completed at the 84 centres set up across the state. Six more rounds of counting are likely.
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