Luckonw: The Bharitya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in as many as 183 Nagar Parishads and 13 Mayoral elections in Uttar Pradesh, according to the early trends avaliable at 12:00 pm.
Trends also showed the Samajwadi Party leading in 59 Parishads, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leading in 22 whereas Congress ahead in 25 Parishads.
Others are leading in 27 Parishads.
Counting of votes in various parts of the state is still underway and the final results are expected by today evening.
Elections in three phases were held for 16 Municipal Corporations, 198 Municipal Councils and 438 Nagar Panchayats (Parishads) or notified area councils.
Counting of votes began today morning.
According to the trends avaliable at 11:30 am, the BJP is leading in as many as 13 of the total 60 wards of Ayodhya Faizabad.
The BJP is also leading in 04 of the 100 wards in Agra, 25 of 70 wards in Aligarh, 06 of 70 wards in Saharanpur, Moradabad 10 of 70, Gorakhpur 09 of 70 wards and Firozabad 05 of 70 wards.
The BJP's candidates for mayor are leading in state capital Lucknow, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Chief Minister Adityanath's home town Gorakhpur and two other municipalities. Mayawati's BSP is leading in two.
In 2012, the BJP had won 10 of 12 municipal corporations, which have this time been expanded to 16.
Of 194 municipal councils (198 this year), the BJP had only won 41, with a majority won by Independents backed by the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, which did not contest the elections directly. Of the 423 nagar panchayats, Independents had won 352 while the BJP got 36.
Allegations of rigging and problems in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were reported from different places of Uttar Pradesh during the polling.
Voters protested in Dhawai Nagar locality of Meerut after a voter complained that while pressing the button to vote for BSP, the lights on BJP and NOTA buttons flashed.
Polling was stopped after the complaint and resumed only after the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) was replaced, the HT report said.
Voting was also stopped at Subash Balika Vidyalaya Saket Nagar in Kanpur after voters complained of darkness inside the booth.
Technical glitches in EVMs are also reported in three booths at Mani Ram Bagia Ward number 104 in Kanpur, reports ANI.
Police lathicharge people in Macharia, Kanpur, after they protested against faulty EVMs. Protests over the issue of ‘rigged’ EVMs are also reported from Harsh Nagar area of the city.
Allegations of faulty EVMs were raised in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, and also after Maharashtra civic elections - especially in Mumbai and Pune. The BJP won in all these elections with comfortable leads.
Elsewhere in the state, Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member Sukhram Singh Yadav, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj and former MP Annu Tandon could not cast vote as their names were missing from the voters’ list.
Uttar Pradesh civic election was earlier in the news when BJP leader Ranjeet Kumar Srivastava, who was campaigning for his wife in Barabanki district, while addressing a rally in Nawabganj threatened Muslims that if they do not vote for her they should be ready to face difficulties.