LUCKNOW: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is all set to return to power for a second term, crushing Samajwadi Party’s dreams to make a comeback in Uttar Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliance crossed the majority mark and was leading in over 265 assembly constituencies, trends showed.
According to the trends, former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and its allies were ahead in the race on 123 seats.
As per the data of the Election Commission of India (ECI), the BJP was leading on 248 seats, its alliance partners Apna Dal (Soneylal) on 12 seats, and Sanjay Nishad’s Nishad (Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal) party was leading on five seats.
Samajwadi Party was maintaining a lead on 112 seats, its allies Rashtriya Lok Dal and OM Prakash Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) were leading on eight and three seats, respectively.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was leading in Gorakhpur Urban assembly constituency with a margin of more than 8,000 votes. Samajwadi Party has fielded Subhawati Upendra Dutt Shukla against him. The chief minister is contesting the first assembly election of his life. Before this, he represented the Gorakhpur constituency in Lok Sabha.
The counting of votes began at 8 am today and will continue till the final results.
Exit polls by TV channels and survey agencies had predicted a landslide victory for BJP in the largest populous state of the country.
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