UP ELECTIONS: EXCEPT MAYORAL POSTS, NON-BJP WINNERS OUTNUMBER BJP WINNERS IN ALL OTHER SEGMENTS

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A vote counting centre at Pahariya Mandi in Varanasi.

Though the BJP and media have presented the victory of the ruling BJP as ‘sweep’, the truth about the whole results is something else.

Caravan News

LUCKNOW — The recent elections in Uttar Pradesh were held for six types of posts at local bodies – mayoral post was one of them. Though the BJP and media have presented the victory of the ruling BJP as ‘sweep’, the truth about the whole results is something else.

Except the mayoral election where BJP won 14 out of 16 seats, the party was heavily outnumbered by the non-BJP winners in the rest five categories.

See the table below:

Results of Uttar Pradesh Local Body Elections 2017

Categories

Seats won by BJP

Seats won by others

Mayor

14

02

Municipal Chairperson

69

126

Nagar Panchayat President

100

338

Nagar Parishad

596

701

Nagar Palika Member

916

4295

Nagar Panchayat Member

663

4715

The EVM was used only for Mayor election and for the rest categories, ballot papers were used.

About 70% of the elected representatives of the other posts are independent candidates.

In the Ward No. 68 of Gorakhpur, where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had voted, independent candidate Nadira Khatoon has won defeating BJP’s Maya Tripathi.

“You are being told that it’s a “saffron wash” because media is only focusing on Mayor election while ignoring the rest. The Mayor election was the only one that took place through EVM. The rest were done through ballot papers,” says social activist Banojyotsna Lahiri.

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