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Such was the enthusiasm among BJP leaders that the Chief Minister delayed his departure to Delhi and preferred to be with fellow leaders at the state party office to be with supporters. The BSP managed to capture 2 mayoral seats - Meerut and Aligarh.

The BJP bagged several prestigious mayoral seats including Ayodhya, Varanasi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur and was leading in several others.

Crediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the "historic win", he said the victory in the polls was possible because of Modi's vision and BJP chief Amit Shah's guidance.

"The Congress' loss is such that the BJP won all the municipal corporation seats even in (Congress vice president) Rahul baba's (Gandhi's) Amethi constituency", he said, adding, "Whatever has happened in Uttar Pradesh today is nothing compared to what is going to happen in Gujarat on December 18".

SP leader and MLC Rajpal Kashyap alleged it was "disheartening" that the BJP gained on places where EVMs were used.

The Samajwadi Party and Congress - which fought the assembly polls in alliance - were trounced once again in the urban body elections with the BJP taking most of the seats in the nagar nigams, nagar palika parishads and nagar panchayats.


These elections are being viewed as a litmus test for the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress as well.

The final results were expected by late evening.

Counting of the ballots polled in three phases on November 22, 26 and 29 was on under tight security cover and CCTV surveillance at 334 centres in district and tehsil headquarters, the state election commission said. Final results will be communicated to the candidates through SMS on their registered mobile numbers.

The overall percentage recorded an improvement from 46.2 per cent in 2012 to 52.5 per cent this time. The assembly elections in March too witnessed a split in Muslim votes between SP and BSP. Sources attributed the win to BSP supremo Mayawati, who put all her energy into reviving her party's depleting support base since she quit Rajya Sabha in July this year.

For those who were predicting that the results of the Uttar Pradesh Civic Polls would reflect the political mood of the entire country, there are many takeaways from the outcome announced on Friday.

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