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BJP suffers loss of face in UP LC polls

Polling was held for 12 seats and SP won eight, BSP three and BJP one, Principal Secretary, Legislative Council, Pradeep Dubey said.

The elected SP candidates were Ahmad Hasan, Ramesh Yadav, Ramjatan Rajbhar, Sahab Singh Saini, Ashok Bajpai, Virendra Singh Gurjar, Sarojini Agarwal and Ashu Malik. Hasan is Health Minister and also Leader of the House in the Legislative Council.

BSP nominees who won are Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Dharmveer Ashok and Pradeep.

The BJP candidate who could make it to the portals of the Upper House was Lakshman Acharya, while the second candidate Dayashankar Singh had to bite the dust.

The state Assembly has 403 members and first preference votes of 31 MLAs were needed to ensure victory of one candidate for the Upper House.

Among the 12 retiring members whose term will come to an end on January 30, seven are from BSP, three from SP and two from BJP. .

SP with 230 MLAs won eights seats as its additional candidate emerged victorious with surplus votes of Congress and backing from some other parties and Independents.

Congress did not field any candidate for the Legislative Council biennial elections in 12 seats as a quid pro quo for ruling Samajwadi Party, which had enabled two Congress candidates sail through in the Rajya Sabha elections.

SP says Victory of secular forces
Jubilant after winning eight out of 12 seats in the Legislative Council polls, Samajwadi Party on Friday said the result shows victory of secular forces and defeat of communal ones. “The results showed victory of secular forces and defeat of the communal party. They should have taken lessons from defeat in by-elections and Cantt board polls. They should rid themselves from (Narendra) ‘Modi magic’ slogans,” SP spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said.

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