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Landslide victory for BJP as it bags 73 out of 80 seats; SP, BSP, Congress routed

Landslide victory for BJP as it bags 73 out of 80 seats; SP, BSP, Congress routed

In a stunning comeback in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has clinched victory in 73 seats by surpassing its highest tally of 58 seats in the state which brought the NDA government to power in 1998.

In a stunning comeback in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has clinched victory in 73 seats by surpassing its highest tally of 58 seats in the state which brought the NDA government to power in 1998.

The Congress has won two seat, the SP has won 5 while Apna Dal has recorded victory in two seats.

The party routed regional satraps like Mayawati whose party the BSP could not open its account.

The Congress, which won 22 seats in 2009, shrunk to only the Gandhis' pocket boroughs of Rae Bareli, where its President Sonia Gandhi won by a margin of 3.52 lakh votes, and Amethi from where Rahul Gandhi took a hefty lead of one lakh votes.

The party under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee had scored 58 seats in 1998, resulting in the formation of the NDA government at the centre. In 1998, Uttar Pradesh had 85 seats of which five have gone to Uttarakhand after the state's division.

The ruling Samajwadi Party won only those five seats from where Yadav and his family members contested.

Yadav himself won from both Azamgarh and Mainpuri seats, daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav won from Kannauj and nephews Dharmedra Yadav and Akshay Yadav won from Badaun and Firozabad seats respectively.

All Congress ministers including Salman Khurshid, RPN Singh, Beni Prasad Verma, Pradip Jain Aditya, PL Punia and sitting MPs lost from their respective seats.

Apna Dal won from both the Pratapgarh and the Mirzapur seats, where Harivansh Singh and Anupriya Patel clinched victory.