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Independents leading in Uttar Pradesh local bodies elections

Tuesday 7 November 2006

Special Correspondent

Mayoral polls results likely by early Tuesday

LUCKNOW: Independents surged ahead of the mainstream political parties as the results of the local bodies elections in Uttar Pradesh started trickling in at the State Electon Commission headquarters here on Monday. However, the opening results were for the Nagar Palika Parishads and Nagar Panchayats (town areas). The results of the mayoral and corporators’ polls for the 12 Nagar Nigams (municipal corporations) were yet to come in.

According to State Election Commission sources, the mayoral polls results were expected to be received only late on Monday night or early on Tuesday.

Of the 58 results of the Nagar Palika Parishads and Nagar Panchayats declared so far, the Independents had won 18 seats, followed by the ruling Samajwadi Party which had won 14, Bharatiya Janata Party 13 and the Congress five. The BS4 had won two seats.

The Bahujan Samaj Party had not contested the civic polls on its symbol but had supported many independent candidates who were in the fray.

The outcome of the seven Nagar Panchayat elections in Lucknow district presented a mixed bag. Here the Samajwadi Party candidates, Pawan Kumar Gupta and Asmat Aara Khan, won the Itaunja and Malihabad Nagar Panchayats.

The BJP’s Resham Devi and Madan Lal bagged Mahona and Gosainganj Nagar Panchayats and the BS4 candidates, Rajesh Rawat and Raj Kumari, won the Amethi (not to be confused with the parliamentary constituency of the same name) and Nagram town area seats.

The BSP-supported Independent, whose name was not known to the State Election Commission, triumphed in the Kakori Nagar Panchayat.

Joint Election Commissioner Pramod Chandra Gupta told newspersons that counting of votes for 35 out of the 110 municipal wards in Lucknow Nagar Nigam started in the evening . He said counting of votes for the remaining wards was likely to be taken up at night.

Lucknow witnessed a triangular contest between Madhu Gupta of the SP, Dinesh Sharma of the BJP and Manzoor Ahmed of the Congress.

See online : The Hindu

P.S.

`SP has won 60 % seats’

Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW: The ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh on Monday claimed to have won 60 per cent of the Nagar Palika Parishad and Nagar Panchayat chairmen’s seats whose election results had been declared till 5 p.m. soon after counting of votes for the local bodies polls in the State started.

The Samajwadi Party’s claim was based on information gathered from its sources and not on the information supplied by the State Election Commission (Panchayats and Local Bodies). Addressing a press conference, PWD and Energy Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav claimed that the SP had won 60 per cent of the seats, and added that the Independents came next followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Minister said that the ruling party candidates had emerged victorious on 132 Nagar Panchayat (town areas) seats and 56 Nagar Palika Parishad seats.He claimed that the SP had won in Rae Bareli and Sultanpur, and said that the results exposed a particular political family’s claims on development in these places.

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