The BJP swept the Uttar Pradesh civic polls on 01 December, 2017 pocketing 14 of the 16 mayoral seats. The Congress faced the embarrassment of losing in its bastion Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of its vice-president Rahul Gandhi. BSP won the mayoral posts in western U.P.’s Aligarh and Meerut towns.
The BJP won municipal corporation seats (mayors) in Varanasi, Lucknow, Ayodhya, Kanpur, Mathura and Gorakhpur. It also won Agra, Firozabad, Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Jhansi, Allahabad, Bareilly and Saharanpur.
In Varanasi, BJP candidate Mridula Jaiswal defeating her nearest opponent, Shalini of the Congress, by a comfortable margin of 78,843 votes. In Gorakhpur, BJP candidate Sitaram Jaiswal defeated Rahul Gupta of SP by 75,823 votes. In western U.P.’s Moradabad, BJP candidate Vinod Agarwal edged past Congress’s Rizvan Qureishi by a margin of 22,635 votes. In Saharanpur too BJP candidate Madan Walia fended off the challenge from BSP rival Fazlurehman to win by 2,000 votes.
In Ayodhya, BJP’s Rishikesh Upadhyay secured 44,642 votes and defeated nearest rival Samajwadi Party’s Gulshan Bindu, a transgender, by 3,601 votes.
BJP candidate Dr. Mukesh won the Mathura-Vrindavan seat defeating nearest rival Mohan Singh of the Congress by 22,108 votes. The Adityanath government, soon after assuming office in March, had constituted two municipal corporations of Ayodhya and Vrindavan-Mathura.
BJP’s Ramtirth Singhal won the Jhansi seat defeating Brijendra Kumar Vyas of the BSP by a margin of 16,373 votes. A setback for the Congress which had fielded former Union Minister Pradip Jain Aditya who finished third.
BJP also won in Firozabad where its candidate Nutan Rathore defeated Masroor Fatima of the All India Majlis-e- Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) by a margin of 42,396 votes. In Bareilly, Umesh Gautam of the BJP trounced Iqbal Singh Tomar of the SP by 12,784 votes.
In Aligarh, however, BSP’s Mohammad Furqan wrested the saffron stronghold defeating BJP’s Rajiv Agarwal by a margin of 11,990 votes in what was virtually a direct fight.
The Congress was left embarrassed in its bastion Amethi and Rae Bareli. The BJP won the Amethi Nagar Panchayat chairman’s post, while the Nagar Palika Parishad chairman post in Jais was won by the SP and the BJP, with the Congress languishing in the fourth spot in this seat. In Rae Bareli, the Congress managed to win the Nagar Palika Parishad seat but failed to win a single out of the nine Nagar Panchayat chairman posts.
Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that the results reaffirmed people’s support for the GST which has made doing business easier for traders.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath described it as a historic win. He attributed the victory to PM Shri Narendra Modi’s vision and BJP President Shri Amit Shah’s guidance. Shri Adityanath said that the Congress had been wiped out even in its bastion Amethi. Now BJP will look forward to achieving the goal of hundred per cent success in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he added.
Deputy Chief Minister Shri Dinesh Sharma said the people of the state had shown full faith in the BJP. “The SP, the BSP and the Congress contested the polls as each other’s relatives. (SP chief) Akhilesh Yadav and (Congress vice president) Rahul Gandhi, who were together during Assembly polls as ‘UP ke ladke’ have become like the punctured tyre and tube of a cycle.”
The State voted in three phases on November 22, 26 and 29 and the counting of ballots was held under tight security cover and CCTV surveillance at 334 centres in district and tehsil headquarters, the State election commission said.
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%.
Development has won: Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated and thanked the people of Uttar Pradesh for the BJP’s big win in the civic body elections. “Development has won”, tweeted the Prime Minister.
He also congratulated UP Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath and BJP karyakartas for the victory. He said, “This victory will inspire us to work harder towards the welfare of the people.”
Yogi Adityanath credits BJP victory to PM’s development policies
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed the media after the victory of the UP civic polls 2017. The CM in his address credited the party’s victory to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and his vision. He said, “Results prove that people have faith in the BJP government.” While talking about the role of PM, he said that BJP has won in the state due to Prime Minister Modi’s development policies. While crediting the victory to PM Shri Modi and BJP National President Shri Amit Shah, Shri Yogi said, “I extend my heartiest congratulations to all the mayors and councilor who have won the election.” While talking about the 2019 General Elections, he said, “We will try and win all 80 seats.”
PM Modi interacts with newly elected BJP Mayors of Uttar Pradesh
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, interacted with 14 newly-elected BJP Mayors of municipal corporations in Uttar Pradesh.
The mayors called on the Prime Minister in New Delhi on 05 December, 2017 . Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and the State BJP President Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey were also present. Three elected local government representatives from Amethi district, also attended the meeting.
During the lively interaction, the Prime Minister congratulated the mayors, the State BJP leadership and karyakartas, for the impressive victory in the elections to local bodies. He emphasized the importance of Jan Bhaagidaari in local governance, and urged the mayors to work hard for the development of their cities.
Later the Prime Minister shared a glimpse of his thoughts and vision for each of the newly elected mayors, and their respective cities, through a series of personalized tweets. Each tweet contained an individual photograph with the mayor, and some thoughts on his or her specific city.
The newly elected peoples’ representatives were touched by the Prime Minister’s gesture, and expressed their resolve to perform their duties to the best of their abilities.
Congratulating the people BJP National President Shri Amit Shah said that it was clear that the people had embraced the economic reforms and rejected politics of caste, appeasement and dynasty.