Why UP civic polls result 2017 matter, not just for Yogi Adityanath but PM Narendra Modi also

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Lucknow | Published: December 1, 2017 10:12:06 AM

UP civic polls result 2017: All eyes are on Uttar Pradesh today as the counting of votes for the local body elections have started.

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UP civic polls result 2017: All eyes are on Uttar Pradesh today as the counting of votes for the local body elections start. It is probably for the first time when local elections have generated so much interest and for a variety of reasons. First, the civic polls took place eight months after Yogi Adityanath was appointed as the state chief minister in a surprise move by BJP which won over 300 assembly seats in a high-octane battle against Samajwadi Party, BSP and Congress. The opposition parties have been critical of all decisions taken by Yogi Adityanath government – be it a decision to ban illegal slaughterhouses in the state or form anti-romeo squad for the safety of girls. Moreover, Adityanath has made a flurry of announcements in the last eight months. So the civic polls automatically became a kind of test of acceptance of Yogi Adityanath’s decisions and his popularity.

Secondly, the civic polls took place amid a raging debate over the state of the economy and the impact of GST introduced by the Narendra Modi government in July this year. The opposition has claimed the introduction of the GST was “hurriedly” and poorly conceptualized. The civic polls for the urban local bodies took place in all big cities of the state. In a way, the result will also show whether people have accepted opposition’s claim, or Centre’s promise that initial GST troubles would end and the state of the economy would rebound to high growth phase again. The GDP data of Q2 released on Thursday have signalled the rebound already and experts believe the GDP will grow further in coming months.

However, there are various social tensions on the ground, particularly of the Muslims and Dalit, most of whom feel slighted by the Yogi Adiyanath government.

Third, Uttar Pradesh Civic Body polls took place weeks before Gujarat Assembly elections that are scheduled to take place on December 9 and December 14. State CM Yogi Adityanath has also campaigned for the BJP in Gujarat. A loss in his own state would be an embarrassment for the party. BJP is a ruling party in both states.

For the first time, the BJP came up with a manifesto and Adityanath himself toured across the state for the elections that took place in three phases, starting from November 22. The party also extensively used the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his policies. A loss on the majority of seats would be an embarrassment for PM Modi as well.

As per the early trends, until 10 am today, BJP was leading on 10 seats, BSP on 5 and Congress on 1 seat.


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