Against all odds, BJP emerged victorious in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday as riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity the party won a historic 325 seats out of 403. Amit Shah would be a happy man as his strategies have helped BJP to dethrone Samajwadi Party and Akhilesh Yadav in the state. These elections were a massive blow for both BSP as well Congress. BSP could win only 19 seats and Mayawati even demanded re-polling. On the other hand, Congress managed to win just 7 seats in the state which was even less than Apna Dal’s 9 seats. BJP is yet to announce its CM candidate and the final decision could be taken today at the party meeting in Delhi.
Here are Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2017 Live Updates:
7.30 pm: Addressing 1000s of BJP workers, who gathered in the National Capital to honour PM Modi, for steering BJP to a historic victory with his personal charisma, the Prime Minister said, “I see the result of five elections in five states as the foundation of a New India.”
7.00 pm: Modi said: “The elections signal the foundation of a New India — the New India of 65% population, the New India of dreams of aspiring women groups, the New India of poor who doesn’t want help from the government but an opportunity, an environment that would allow him to do something on his own.”
6.35 pm: Amit Shah credits Narendra Modi for UP victory.
6.15 pm: Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Sunday said that people approved Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies with the historic mandate.
4.24 pm: We were not able to convince people. We cannot blame anyone for this loss: Mulayam Singh Yadav
3.30 pm: BJP made many promises; let us see if they can keep them. Let’s see if BJP can provide the jobs they have promised: Mulayam Singh Yadav
2.37 pm: Party ke nirdesh ka paalan karunga, khushi hai ki party mujhe mukhya-dhara mein layi: Dayashankar Singh on withdrawal of expulsion from BJP
2:08 PM: “A new India is emerging, which is being powered by the strength & skills of 125 crore Indians. This India stands for development,” says Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He posted on Twitter and expressed his pleasure over BJP’s astonishing victory in Uttar Pradesh.
A new India is emerging, which is being powered by the strength & skills of 125 crore Indians. This India stands for development.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 12, 2017
1:33 PM: Dayashankar Singh whose suspesnion was revoked this morning by BJP UP Chief Keshav Prasad Maurya has expressed pleasure to the decision. He said, “Party ke nirdesh ka paalan karunga, khushi hai ki party mujhe mukhya-dhara mein layi.”
12:56 PM: Shivpal Singh Yadav has posted a video on Twitter where he vows to fightback in the state:
हम फिर लड़कर जीतेंगे। pic.twitter.com/aYlewGIQPf
— Shivpal Singh Yadav (@shivpalsinghyad) March 12, 2017
12:47 PM: The big question at the moment is that who will be the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 12, 2017
12:30 PM: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav believes arrogance was the reason behind party’s loss in the elections. Interestingly, he had differences with son and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav going into these elections but backed him to win.
12:08 AM: The final results revealed a massive loss for Bahujan Samaj Party in these seats as the total tally of seats came down from 80 in 2012 to 19 in 2017. The party had fielded 87 Dalit candidates in the state while BJP has fielded only 70.
11:40 AM: Another major news coming from Uttar Pradesh where UP BJP Chief Kehsav Prasad Maurya has revoked the expulsion of Dayashankar Singh who was expelled after his controversial statement on BSP chief Mayawati.
11:22 AM: Dharmendra Pradhan says the development will be BJP’s main motive. He added that BSP supremo Mayawati is agitated because BJP got more votes in Muslim dominated areas. Pradhan believes that people have moved above caste politics and have unanimously voted for Bharatiya Janata Party.
— News18 (@CNNnews18) March 12, 2017
11:05 AM: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met the governor Ram Naik yesterday and submitted his resignation. He also took the responsibility for loss while addressing the media.
10:38 AM: If the sources are to be believed, Amit Shah’s dominance may not end with a victory in Uttar Pradesh. He is set to make his ‘Congress Mukta Bharat’ dream come true and now targets another 120 Lok Sabha seats where BJP is hardly present. The party is set to begin from scratch in South and East India by building booth-level infrastructure.
9:55 AM: It is an important day for Bharatiya Janata Party as the CM face for Uttar Pradesh might be decided. According to the latest reports, senior BJP leaders like Venkaiah Naidu, Ram Lal, Manoj Tiwari, Vijay Goel, Shyam Jaju and Ramesh Bidhuri have reached Amit Shah’s residence for a meeting.
9:40 AM: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said BJP was popular among people because of its correct economic point of view. He believes that BJP was set to win because of that. Responding to Mayawati’s claims of false EVM machines he said India is world’s biggest democracy. BSP lost because of wrong policies and must accept it.
7:55 am: BJP was popular among people for the work done any BJP-led government at Centre. The party was set to benefit, says Arun Jaitley.
7:45 am: It is a sign of change, shows that the country wants to walk with PMModi for development: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on election results.
7:27 am: BJP’s Parliamentary board meeting to be held today, PM Narendra Modi to attend.
9: 15 PM: Telangana CM KC Rao writes to PM Narendra Modi, congratulating him on Election Results in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Also Watch: Akhilesh Yadav Submits His Resignation To U.P. Governor Ram Naik
8: 56 PM: We humbly accept this victory and will tirelessly work towards development: Union Minister Ananth Kumar
8:32 PM: Anil Parashar from BJP has defeated Shaz Ishaq Urf Ajju Ishaq from Samajwadi Party in Koil. Sanjeev Raja from BJP has Zafar Alam Mukul Upadhyay from Samajwadi Party in Aligarh. Laxmi Narayan from BJP has defeated Atul Singh from IND in Chhata. Shyam Sunder Sharma from BSP has defeated Yogesh Chaudhary from RLD in Mant.
8:30 PM: Anita Singh Rajput from BJP has defeated Harish Kumar from Samajwadi Party in Debai. Anil Kumar from BJP has defeated Mukul Upadhyay from BSP in Shikarpur. Shri Dalveer Singh from BJP has defeated Thakur Jaivir Singh from BSP in Barauli. Sandeep Kumar Singh from BJP has defeated Viresh Yadav from SP in Chharra.
8:26 PM: Vijay Pal from BJP has defeated Gajraj Singh from Congress in Hapur. Bimla Singh Solanki from BJP has defeated Mohammad Imran from BSP in Sikandrabad. Devendra from BJP has defeated Dilnawaz Khan BSP in Syana. Sanjay from BJP has defeated Gajendra Singh from BSP in Anupshahr.
8:20 PM: Yogesh Dhama from BJP has defeated Ahmed Hameed from Samajwadi Party in Baghpat. Nandkishor from BJP has defeated Zakir Ali from Samajwadi Party in Loni. Ajit Pal Tyagi from BJP has defeated Sudhan Kumar from Samajwadi Party in Muradnagar. Sunil Kumar Sharma from Samajwadi Party has defeated Amarpal from Congress in Sahibabad.
7:35 PM: Satya Prakash Agarwal from BJP has defeated Satendra Solanki from BSP in Meerut Cantt. Rafiq Ansari from Samajwadi Party has defeated Dr. Laxmikant Bajpai from BJP in Meerut. Sahender Singh Ramala from RLD has Satender Singh from BJP in Chhaprauli. Krishanpal Malik Urf Krishanpal Malik from BJP has defeated Sahab Singh from RLD in Baraut.
7:18 PM: Mahender Singh Khadakvanshi from BJP has defeated Kamal Akhtar from Samajwadi Party in Hasanpur. Sangeet Singh Som from BJP has defeated Atul Pradhan from Samajwadi Party in Sardhana. Satyavir Tyagi from BJP has defeated Shahid Manzoor in Kithore.
7:13 PM: Naseer Ahmad Khan from Samajwadi Party has defeated Ali Yusuf Ali from BSP in Chamraua. Baldev Singh Aulakh from BJP has defeated Sanjay Kapoor from Congress in Bilaspur. Chetan Chauhan from BJP has defeated Javed Abbas from Samajwadi Party in Naugawan Sadat.
7:07 PM: Ritesh Kumar Gupta from BJP has defeated Mohammad Yusuf Ansari from Samajwadi Party in Moradabad Nagar. Mohammad Rizwan from Samajwadi Party has defeated Ramveer Singh from BJP in Kundarki. Mohd. Faeem from Samajwadi Party has defeated Suresh Saini from BJP in Bilari. Gulab Devi from BJP has defeated Km. Vimlesh Kumari from Congress in Chandausi.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 11, 2017
7:02 PM: Suchi from BJP has defeated Ruchi Vira from Samajwadi Party in Bijnor. Kamlesh Saini of BJP defeats BSP candidate Mohammad Iqbal by 35,649 votes in Chandpur. Lokendra Singh from BJP has won from Noorpur. Rajesh Kumar Singh (Chunnu) from BJP has defeated Aneesurrehman from Samajwadi Party in Kanth.
6:58 PM: Manoj Kumar Paras from Samajwadi Party has defeated Omwati Devi Bansal from BJP in Nagina. Sushant Kumar from BJP has defeated Husain Ahmad from Congress in Barhapur. Ashok Kumar Rana from BJP has defeated Tha. Mool Chand Chauhan from Samajwadi Party in Dhampur.
6:54 PM: Vikram Singh from BJP has defeated Chandan Singh Chauhan from Samajwadi Party in Khatauli. Avtar Singh Bhadana from BJP has defeated Liyakat Ali from Samajwadi Party in Meerapur. Tasleem Ahmad from Samajwadi Party has defeated Gaurav Swarup Bansal from BJP in Najibabad.
6:50 PM: Umesh Malik from BJP has defeated Pramod Tyagi from Samajwadi Party in Budhana. Vijay Kumar Kashyap from BJP has defeated Mukesh Kumar Chaudhary from Samajwadi Party in Charthawal. Kapil Dev Agarwal from BJP has defeated Gaurav Swarup Bansal from Samajwadi Party in Muzaffar Nagar.
6:43 PM: Naresh Saini from Indian National Congress has defeated BJP’s Mahaveer Singh Rana in Behat. Sanjay Garg from Samajwadi Party has won against Rajiv Gumber of BJP in Saharanpur Nagar. Pradeep Kumar from BJP has won against Nauman Masood from Indian National Congress in Gangoh.
6:38 PM: Pankaj Gupta from BJP has defeated Manisha Deepak from Samajwadi Party in Unnao. Vikram Singh from BJP has defeated Chandra Prakash Lodhi from Samajwadi Party in Fatehpur. Aradhana Mishra Mona from Indian National Congress has defeated BJP’s Pratap Singh Urf Chhote Sarkar in Rampur Khas. Rakesh Kumar Verma Alias Dr.R.K.Verma from Apna Dal has defeated Indian National Congress’ Sanjay Pandey.
6:31 PM: Samajwadi Party’s Durga Prasad wins over BJP’s Akhilesh by 2,6262 votes in Azamgarh. BJP candidate Chandrapal Kushwaha defeats BSP’s Kiran Yadav by 22,301 votes in Baberu.
6:28 PM: BJP candidate Garima Singh has defeated Samajwadi Party’s Gayatri Prajapati by 5,065 votes in Amethi. In Balamau constituency, BJP candidate Ram Pal Verma defeats BSP’s Neelu Satyarthi by 22,888 votes.
6:24 PM: BJP candidate Chhatra Pal Singh defeats BSP’s Naseem Ahmad by 42,837 votes in Baheri. BJP candidate Pooran Prakash defeats Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Niranjan Singh Dhangar by 13,208 votes in Baldev constituency. Kailash Nath Sonkar of Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party defeats Lalji Sonkar of Samajwadi Party by 2,1349 votes in Ajagara.
6:21 PM: Another big blow for Congress. Not only the party has lost badly in the state, it has managed to win just 7 seats independently which is even less than the regional party Apna Dal. It is time for serious thinking as Congress’ status in the country is going down with each election.
6:18 PM: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says that people of Uttar Pradesh have answered decisively. Even though he is disappointed with loss in Punjab, Jaitley believes that party will bounce back.
— News18 (@CNNnews18) March 11, 2017
6:15 PM: BJP UP Chief Keshav Prasad Maurya is addressing the media. He thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi and people of Uttar Pradesh for this huge win.
6:12 PM: BJP candidate Ved Prakash Gupta defeats SP’s Tej Narayan Pandey alias Pawan Pandey by 50,440 votes in Ayodhya. Samajwadi Party’s Dr. Sangram Yadav defeats Bharatiya Janata Party’s Kanhaiya Lal Nishad by 2,467 votes in Atrauliya. Bharatiya Janata Party’s Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi defeats Parvez Ahmad from Samajwadi Party by 2,8587 votes in Allahabad South constituency. BJP candidate Aneeta defeats Samajwadi Party’s Sangeeta by 1,2513 votes in Alapur.
6:08 PM: BJP’s Dharam Pal Singh defeats SP’s Sidhraj Singh by 3,546 votes in Aonla. BJP candidate Devendra Pratap defeats Samajwadi Party’s Virendra Singh Solanki by 41,804 votes in Amanpur constituency. BJP’s Sandeep Kumar Singh defeats SP’s Viresh Yadav by 50,967 votes in Atrauli. BJP Candidate Sanjay defeats Gajendra Singh from BSP by 60,314 votes in Anupshahr.
6:02 PM: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has submitted his resignation to governor Ram Naik.
5:58 PM: BJP candidate Mukesh Verma defeats SP candidate Sanjay Kumar by 10,777 votes in Shikohabad constituency. SP candidate Amitabh Bajpai defeats BJP candidate Salil Vishnoi by 5,723 votes in Arya Nagar.
5:38 PM: SP candidate Pinki Yadav defeats BJP candidate Narendra Singh by 21,126 votes in Asmoli constituency. SP candidate Mehboob Ali defeats BSP candidate Naushad Ali by 15,042 votes in Amroha constituency. BJP candidate Yogesh Dhama defeats BSP candidate Ahmed Hameed by 31,360 votes in Baghpat. BJP’s Dr. Girraj Singh Dharmesh defeats BSP’s Gutiyari Lal Duwesh by 4,6325 votes in Agra Cantonment.
5:33 PM: You may also want to watch:
5:31 PM: BJP’s dominance in the state reflects in the fact that party has won all the nine seats in Agra and Bareilly each. In Aligarh the party has won all the seven seats while in Meerut BJP has won 6 out of 7 seats. In Meerut, former BJP state unit president Lakshmikant Bajpai lost to SP’s Rafiq Ansari by around 30,000 votes.
5:27 PM: Watch BJP party activists and supporters celebrating:
5:22 PM: BJP candidate Anupama Jaiswal defeats SP candidate Rubab Sayeda by 6,702 votes in Bahraich constituency. BJP candidate Surendra defeats SP candidate Jay Prakash Anchal by 17,077 votes in Bairia and in Badlapur, BJP candidate Ramesh Chandra Mishra defeats BSP candidate Lalji Yadava by 2,372 votes.
5:18 PM: Results for two Allahabad seats are out. BJP candidate Sidharth Nath Singh has defeated SP candidate Richa Singh by 25,336 votes in Allahabad West constituency. While in Allahabad North constituency, BJP candidate Harshvardhan Bajpai defeats Congress candidate Anugrah Narain Singh by 35,025 votes.
5:15 PM: Akhilesh Yadav has accepted his party’s defeat:
5:14 PM: BJP candidate Rajeev Singh “Parichha” defeats SP candidate Yashpal Singh Yadav by 16,837 votes in Babina constituency. BJP candidate Vikas Gupta defeats SP candidate Ayodhya Prasad by 51,965 in Ayah Shah. In a major news, Independent candidate Vinod Kumar defeats BJP candidate Pawan Kumar by 37,160 votes in Babaganj constituency.
5:11 PM: The UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is smiling during his press conference and is ready to take the reponsibility for the loss. However, he has attacked BJP by saying let them deliver their previous promises first.
5:08 PM: He adds that maybe people did not like express way and have vote for the bullet train.
5:07 PM: Responding to Mayawati’s remarks earlier in the day, UP Chief Minister says, “If question has been raised (by Mayawati) on EVMs, government should probe it. I will also look at it on my level.”
5:05 PM: Akhilesh Yadav is addressing the media after losing in Uttar Pradesh. He has thanked the party workers for continuous support and has also said that alliance with Congress will continue.
5:02 PM: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a sad news for Congress, the party has lost all four seats in Amethi. BJP has won three of them.
I congratulate Shri. Narendra Modi and the BJP on their victory in Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) March 11, 2017
4:58 PM: BJP candidate Ram Naresh Rawat defeats Congress candidate Shahab Sharan by 22,309 votes in Bachhrawan constituency. BJP candidate Ramesh Chandra defeats BSP candidate Bhimrao Ambedkar by 31,862 in Auraiya constituency.
4:55 PM: BJP candidate Rani Pakshalika Singh defeats BSP candidate Madhusudan Sharma by 23,140 votes in Bah. BJP candidate Avinash Trivedi defeats BSP candidate Nakul Dubey by 17,584 votes in Bakshi Kaa Talab.
4:51 PM: More reactions are coming in from Mumbai:
4:48 PM: Big loss for Samajwadi Party:
4:46 PM: BJP’s Anil Rajbhar defeats SP candidate Anand Mohan(Guddu Yadav) by 54,259 votes in Shivpur constituency while Har Iram of Apna Dal (Soneylal) defeats BSP’s Vijay Singh Gond by a margin of 1,085 votes in Duddhi constituency.
4:41 PM: Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav loses to BJP’s Rita Bahujuna Joshi by a margin of 33,796 votes in Lucknow Cantt seat. Meanwhile, Swati Singh (wife of expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh) has won from Sarojini Nagar seat.
4:38 PM: BJP’s Kailash Nath Shukla defeats Congress candidate Zeba Rizwan by 18,659 votes in Tulsipur. Sanjay Pratap Jaiswal of BJP defeats BSP’s Rajendra Prasad Chaudhary by 21,805 votes in Rudhauli constituency. Ravi Kumar Sonkar of BJP defeats BSP candidate Doodhram by 25,884 votes in Mahadewa. BJP candidate Dr. Harendra Prasad Singh defeats SP candidate Shachindra Nath Tripathi by 24, 865 votes in Zafrabad.
4:34 PM: BJP’s RK Singh Patel defeats Congress candidate Sampat Pal by 44,464 votes in Manikpur. BJP’s Rajmani defeats Congress candidate Ram Kripal by 53,696 votes in Koraon constituency. BJP candidate Sharad Kumar Awasthi defeats SP candidate Arvinda Kumar Singh ‘gope’ by 22,727 votes in Ramnagar. Baijnath Rawat of BJP defeats Ram Magan Samajwadi Party by 33,520 votes in the Haidergarh constituency.
4:22 PM: BSP candidate Manoj Kumar Pandey defeats BJP candidate Utkrist Maurya by 1,934 votes in Unchahar constituency. BJP candidate Pratibha Shukla defeats SP candidate Neeraj Singh by 28,729 votes in Akbarpur Raniya. SP candidate Hazi Irfan Solanki defeats BJP’s Suresh Awasthi by 5,826 votes Sishamau constituency. Chandrika Prasad Upadhyay of BJP defeats Veer Singh of SP by 26,936 votes in Chitrakoot.
4:16 PM: Patel Ramkumar Verma of BJP defeats Krishna Gopal Patel from SP by 46,123 votes in Nighasan. BJP candidate Manju Tyagi defeats SP candidate Meera Bano by 54,939 votes in Srinagar. Kunvar Madhvendra Pratap of BJP defeats Padamrag Singh Yadav of SP by 26,970 votes in Sawaijpur. BJP’s Dal Bahadur defeats Congress candidate Suresh Chaudhary by 16,055 votes in Salon constituency.
4:11 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the people of UP for voting for BJP:
मैं उत्तर प्रदेश की जनता को हृदय से धन्यवाद देता हूं। भाजपा की ये ऐतिहासिक जीत विकास और सुशासन की जीत है।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 11, 2017
4:09 PM: BJP candidate Satyapal Singh Rathaur defeats SP candidate Rameshwar Singh Yadav by 13, 851 votes in Aliganj constituency. SP’s Omkar Singh defeats BSP’s Arshad Ali by 4,269 votes in Sahaswan. BJP’s Kishan Lal Rajpoot defeats SP candidate Hemraj Verma by 57,930 votes in Barkhera. BJP’s Babu Ram Paswan defeats SP’s Peetam Ram by 39,242 votes in Puranpur.
4:03 PM: BJP candidate Hemlata Diwakar defeats BSP candidate Kalicharan Suman by 65,296 votes in Agra Rural. BJP candidate Satya Pal Singh Baghel defeats BSP candidate Rakesh Babu by 56,070 votes in Tundla. BJP candidate Mukesh Verma defeats SP candidate Sanjay Kumar by 10,777 votes in Shikohabad constituency. SP candidate Hariom Yadav defeats BJP’s Jaiveer Singh by 10,676 votes in Sirsaganj.
4:00 PM: BJP’s Lokendra Singh defeats SP candidate Naim ul Hasan by 12,736 votes in Noorpur. SP candidate Navab Jan defeats BJP candidate Rajpal Singh Chauhan by 13,409 votes in Thakurdwara constituency. SP’s Iqbal Mehmood defeats AIMIM candidate Ziaurrehman by 18,822 votes in Sambhal. BJP candidate Jitendra Pal Singh (billu) defeats SP candidate Ghulam Mohammad by 11,421 votes in Siwalkhas.
3:52 PM: BJP’s Pramod Utwal defeats Congress candidate Deepak Kumar by 11, 253 votes in Purqazi constituency. BJP candidate Om Kumar defeats Congress candidate Munnalal Premi by 23,151 votes in Nehtaur constituency. Kamlesh Saini of BJP defeats BSP candidate Mohammad Iqbal by 35,649 votes in Chandpur constituency.
3:45 PM: “People accepted politics of performance. This historic mandate will take the country to new direction,” says BJP President Amit Shah who also thanked party workers for making this win possible.
3:40 PM: “The credit goes to PM Modi, BJP workers and people of UP. Chief Minister will be decided by Central Parliamentary Board,” says KP Maurya, BJP.
3:36 PM: BJP President Amit Shah hails it as the greatest victory since Independence. He believes that BJP will form the government in UP, Manipur, Goa and Uttarakhand.
3:34 PM: BJP President Amit Shah’s press conference has started. Meanwhile, the celebrations have reached Mumbai:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 11, 2017
3:32 PM: Another rare victory for Samajwadi Party today as Azam Khan’s son Abdullah Khan has also won from Suar.
3:28 PM: BJP’s Garima Singh is leading against SP Minister Gayatri Prajapati in Amethi.
3:24 PM: BJP wins 5 seats in Faizabad. Sobha Singh has won from Bikapur, Khabbu Tiwari has won from Goshaingan and Ram Chandra Yadav has won from Rudauli seat.
3:20 PM: Senior SP leader Azam Khan wins from Rampur, son Abdullah Azam wins from Suar.
3:18 PM: Congress spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap loses from Rudrapur against BJP’s Jai Prakash Nishad.
3:17 PM: Raghuraj Pratap Singh who is contesting these elections as an independent candidate is winning by a margin of close to 1 lakh votes from Kunda.
3:12 PM: BJP has won 5 out of 6 seats in Badaun. One seat goes to Samajwadi Party. Party General Secretary Kailash Vijaywargia says, “The credit goes to Prime Minister Modi.”
3:08 PM: According to the latest data, BJP has won 260 seats and is likely to get 300 seats in the state.
3:02 PM: Aditi Singh of Congress has won from Rae Bareli.
3:00 PM: BJP President Amit Shah has reached the party office in Delhi where the celebrations are going on:
2:56 PM: At this rate, BJP might just reach that ambitious yet possible mark of 300 seats.
2:38 PM: It’s all done and dusted for other political parties as BJP has won 206 and now has surpassed that magical figure of 203 seats. The celebrations have started, it is a huge achievement given that they had 47 seats in previous assemblies.
2:33 PM: BJP’s Baba Gorakhnath has defeated Samajwadi Party’s Awadhesh Prasad in Milkipur. Yogi Adityanath says Mandir and development will go hand in hand in UP.
2:29 PM: BJP state President Shrikant Sharma is full of confidence after his win:
2:24 PM: Samajwadi Party’s spokesperson Ghanshyam Tiwari has attacked media for playing a negative role in these elections:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 11, 2017
2:20 PM: Mayawati has demanded a checking of EVM machines in UP and has asked the Election Commission to stop the counting of votes immediately.
2:14 PM: Pankaj Singh’s victory is a huge morale booster for Bharatiya Janata Party. It shows that party’s young leaders up for bigger challenges. His win has come from an important place like Noida that is considered as the gateway to Uttar Pradesh.
2:08 PM: Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh wins by 13,707 votes from Noida.
2:03 PM: Tejpal Nagar wins by 82714 votes from Dadri. Meanwhile, Shivpal Yadav has won from Jaswant Nagar. He says, “I thank the people of Jaswant Nagar for my victory. Rest we accept people’s mandate.”
1:58 PM: Watch Mayawati alleging BJP and asking for re-voting:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 11, 2017
1:47 PM: BJP’s Neelkanth Tiwari is leading in Varanasi by 500 votes against Congress’ Rajesh Mishra. On the other hand, Mayawati challenges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to conduct repoll in Uttar Pradesh.
1:45 PM: Watch Mayawati’s speech here:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 11, 2017
1:43 PM: She has made a huge statement by saying, “either the EVMs did not accept votes other than BJP, or the votes of other parties have gone to BJP in the EVMs.”
1:42 PM: BSP Chief Mayawati is addressing media. She says, “Most votes in Muslim majority constituencies have gone to BJP, makes it evident that voting machines were manipulated.”
1:40 PM: With more numbers coming in, regional parties are also making their presence felt in the state. However, in Ayodhya, BJP candidate Ved Prakash Gupta is leading SP’s Tej Narayan Pandey with over 30,000 votes. Arun Kumar is leading from Bareilly cantonment is leading with over 15,000 votes.
1:36 PM: According to the latest trends, senior SP leader Azam Khan and his son Abdullah Azam are leading in Rampur and Suar seats despite a poor show by the party.
1:35 PM: Here are the latest numbers. BJP is in a huge lead:
1:30 PM: BJP’s Rakesh Goswami has defeated Congress-SP alliance candidate Siddhi Gopal Sahu by around 21,000 votes in Mahoba. According to the latest data, BJP has already won about 91 seats while the other parties are struggling to get into double figures.
1:27 PM: BJP UP Chief Keshav Prasad Maurya will address the press at 6:30 PM. There could be a major announcement regarding the Chief Minister candidate. Meanwhile, BSP Chief Mayawati will also address media very shortly.
1:23 PM: BJP workers have started celebrating in Varanasi:
1:21 PM: Union Minister Smriti Irani believes the win in UP is a result of PM Modi and Amit Shah’s hardwork. She said, “This is a win of Modiji’s leadership and Amit Shah ji’s hard work. It has broken all barriers of religion, caste, creed etc.”
1:18 PM: BJP’s Brijbhushan Singh Rajput has defeated Samajwadi Party’s Urmila Singh Rajput in Charkhari. In Central UP, BJP has given another blow to SP in Central UP where it is leading in 46 out of 63 seats.
1:15 PM: Samajwadi Party had a strong hold in Western UP but BJP against all the odds is leading in at least 59 seats from this region. On the other hand, SP-Congress alliance is leading from 13 seats.
1:10 PM: Reports are coming about a clash between media and administration in Baliya. police force was used to push media away from counting booths. They were reportedly having trouble in getting latest data and are now boycotting it.
1:06 PM: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says triple talaq isn’t about any religion or faith, it is about gender equality. That is why he talked about it in the past. He also said that people have voted against politics of entitlement:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 11, 2017
1:00 PM: BJP’s Tejender Nirwal wins from Shamli. Suresh Rana has won from Thana Bhawan while Samajwadi Part’s Nahid Hassan has won from Kairana. Watch celebrations from BJP’s office:
12:55 PM: Gaurav Bhatia says Narendra Modi is the undisputed leader of India and Amit Shah has done a tremendous job. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says the new vote is for new hope:
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 11, 2017
12:50 PM: BJP’s Thakur Dheerendra Singh has won from Jewar by a huge margin of 22,000 votes. BJP’s Anil Rabhar has won from Shivpur seat while the party continues to lead in all the nine seats of Varanasi.
12:34 PM: BJP’s Rajeev Kumar has defeated Samajwadi Party’s Jagram Singh from Dhanaura. Also, BJP’s Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary has won in Mathura’s Chhata by 70000 votes.