UP Civic Polls results 2017: Uttar Pradeshwitnessed three-phase civic polls from November 22, making it the first electoral examination for the ruling BJP, which stormed to power in the assembly elections earlier this year with a massive mandate. As per the election schedule, 24 districts will go to polls on November 22, while 25 districts on November 26, and 26 districts on November 29. More than 3.32 crore voters will be eligible to cast their ballots at 36,269 polling booths and 11,389 polling stations. These polls, being held eight months after the BJP came to power with a landslide victory, will mark the first electoral test for the Yogi Adityanath government. Reportedly, the civic polls would indicate whether 45-year-old priest-politician Yogi Adityanath has been able to maintain BJP’s popularity wave which saw the saffron party storm to power in the state earlier this year by beating incumbent Samajwadi Party government. Though, the BJP has traditionally been strong in the urban constituencies, the acid test for Adityanath would be to match the performance of the assembly elections. Though, the BJP has traditionally been strong in the urban constituencies, the acid test for Yogi Adityanath would be to match the performance of the assembly elections.
UP Civic Polls 2017 Results: Counting of votes polled for 16 nagar nigams, 198 nagar palika parishads and 438 nagar panchayats will be done today.
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In 2012, the BJP had swept the mayoral polls, winning 10 of the 12 mayor posts. Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma is now a deputy chief minister of UP.
The outcome will indicate the mood of the voters ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, say political observers.
According to political observer and academician Manjula Upadhyay, “The results will also present an opportunity to the party (BJP) for course correction in their policies and governance.”
Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party is also contesting these polls. “We will contest from wherever we feel we have a strong organisational base,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh had said. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party had not contested the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls and instead diverted all its resources to focus on Punjab.
The Samajwadi Party and the Congress, which forged an alliance in run up to the 2017 UP state polls, have decided to contest these elections separately.