The BJP has won six out of the nine seats in the graduate and the teachers’ constituencies where results have been declared.
In Lucknow, after a marathon counting of more than 80 hours, Avanish Kumar Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged victorious in the graduate constituency by a margin of 6,403 votes against sitting MLC Kanti Singh, whose family had held the seat for 18 years.
In Meerut, another graduate constituency dominated for 24 years by Hem Singh Pundhir of Madhyamik Siksha Sangh, BJP candidate Dinesh Goyal won by a huge margin of 28,769 votes.
The BJP has won three out of the six teachers’ seats from Lucknow, Meerut and Bareilly-Moradabad. Among the four graduates’ seats, the BJP won from Agra and Meerut, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) added to their tally in Allahabad-Jhansi and Varanasi divisions. The result of the Lucknow graduate seat is still awaited.
The Samajwadi Party’s Ashutosh Sinha won the Varanasi Division Graduates’ seat a day after his party colleague Lal Bihari Yadav won from teachers’ constituency.
Polling was held on Tuesday for 11 seats to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council – the upper house of the state legislature with five reserved for graduates and six for teachers. The term of the members, known as MLCs, had expired on May 6. Teachers’ associations linked to the BJP, Samajwadi Party and the Congress had fought the polls, with 199 candidates in the contest.