New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh civic body results show that the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is on a revival path. The Mayawati-led outfit BSP has won the mayoral polls in Aligarh and Meerut. Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party and the Congress were unable to bag a single mayoral seat.
The entire BSP campaign was low key. BSP seems to be picking up votes in areas with substantial Dalit population in western UP and Bundelkhand region.
The Dalit-Muslim combination seems to be working for the party this time around. BSP is leading in Aligarh, Agra, Meerut and Jhansi.
The BJP has won two seats and is leading in 10. The ruling party has traditionally done well in urban body polls. Even when in opposition BJP bagged 10 out of 12 mayoral seats. One Mayor elected on SP symbol from Allahabad later switched over to SP.
Counting of ballots polled in three phases on November 22, 26 and 29 was on under tight security cover and CCTV surveillance at 334 centres at district and tehsil headquarters, the state election commission said. Central paramilitary forces have been deployed around the counting centres. Arrangements have also been made for web casting of the counting process.
The final results are expected by this evening. Results will be communicated to the candidates through SMS on their registered mobile numbers. Official sources said no procession would be allowed during the counting process and following the announcement of the results.
Polling was held for 16 nagar nigams, 198 nagar palika parishads and 438 nagar panchayats with an average turnout of all the three phases estimated at 52.5 per cent of the 3.32 crore voters.