BJP decimates rivals in UP, gets two-thirds majority


Lucknow: Riding on the Modi wave, the BJP today trounced rivals SP-Congress and BSP in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, getting two-thirds majority in the 403-House with 278 seats.

The BJP was also leading in 33 seats while its ally the Apna Dal (S) won 8 and was leading in 1 while another partner the SBSP too bagged four seats.

On the other hand, SP won 44 seats and was ahead in 3 seats. Its ally Congress got 7 seats.

BSP won 16 seats and was leading in 4 seats.

Accepting defeat, outgoing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said, “I hope the next government will work better than SP government.”

Akhilesh, who is also the president of the Samajwadi Party, added at a press conference, “I accept the verdict of the people, I will do analysis at booth level.”

He, however, said SP’s alliance with Congress will continue, claiming that “We have been benefited” by it.

Asked to comment on BSP chief Mayawati’s allegation about tampering of EVMs, Akhilesh said, “If questions have been raised on EVMs, the government should probe it.”

Earlier, a fuming Mayawati alleged that EVMs had been tampered with in such a way that whichever button was pressed, the vote went to BJP.

Terming the results as “shocking”, she said the Election Commission should stop the counting and withhold results and hold fresh polls using traditional paper ballots.