Lucknow: The Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) swept the municipal corporation polls in Uttar
Pradesh Saturday, winning 8 major corporations of the 12 and
Independents hold the key in the majority of Nagar Palikas and
Nagar Parishads that went
to polls after the counting of votes was completed amidst tight
security on a rainy day.
The party, which had performed dismally during the recent state
assembly polls, made a comeback and did well in other corporations
as well, with its candidates for corporators winning in large
State Election Commission officials told IANS that a final picture
of the results would only be clear late in the night or early
Sunday as the rains had delayed counting at many places across the
The most significant win for the BJP came from Lucknow where the
incumbent mayor Dinesh Sharma pulled off a massive victory,
defeating his nearest Congress rival Neeraj Bora with over one
State Election Commissioner S.K. Agarwal said in Moradabad, the
BJP's Bina Agarwal defeated her nearest Peace Party rival Humayun
Kabeer with a huge margin while in Aligarh, the BJP candidate for
the mayor's post Shakuntala Bharati won by defeating independent
candidate Raziya Khan.
In a direct contest in Gorakhpur, BJP's Satya Pandey defeated
Congress candidate Sujeet Kareem while in Jhansi BJP's Kiran Verma
won the mayoral seat by defeating Nirmala Bilhariya of the
In Kanpur, a traditional Congress stronghold, the BJP's Jagat Veer
Singh Drona defeated his nearest Congress rival Pawan Gupta. In
Varanasi, BJP candidate for the mayor's seat Ram Gopal Modle
defeated his Congress rival Ashok Singh, and in Meerut BJP's
Harikant Ahluwalia defeated his Congress rival Devendra Singh with
a huge margin.
In Bareilly, Independent candidate I.S. Tomar defeated his BJP
rival Gulshan Anand.
In another politically significant city, Allahabad, another
traditional Congress bastion, Independent Abhilasha Gupta defeated
her nearest BJP rival Kamla Singh. She is the wife of former BSP
minister Nand Kumar Gupta 'Nandi'.
In Agra, BJP candidate Indrajit Balmiki won the mayor's seat.
According to the State Election Commission, in the 186 Nagar
Palika Parishads for which the elections were held, of the results
announced, BJP has won 8, Congress 2, Independents 14.
Other than this, of the 388 Nagar Panchayat elections, so far the
BJP has won 7, Congress 5, Independents 40. Of the total 980
corporator seats in the state, 97 have so far gone to the BJP,
Congress 21 and 144 have been won by Independents.
In the 2006 elections, the BJP had won 8 mayoral seats, Congress
had won 3 and Samajwadi Party had won one mayoral seat. This time
the Congress has failed to win a single mayor's seat.
Visibly elated at the success, state BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpayi
termed the victory as that of the BJP workers and the people.
"These elections were fought not on individual egos but collective
responsibility," Bajpayi told IANS.