Lucknow: The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has bagged seven of the 11 Assembly seats which went to bypolls on 21 October. The Samajwadi Party won the remaining three seats including the stronghold Rampur, whereas Azam Khan’s wife Tazeem Fatima contested while BJP ally Apna Dal (Soneylal) retained the Pratpgarh seat.
The seven seats that the saffron party won are — Gangoh (Kirat Singh), Iglas (Rajkumar Sahyogi), Lucknow Cantt (Suresh Chandra Tiwari), Govindnagar (Surendra Maithani), Manikpur (Aanand Shukla), Balha (Saroj Sonkar) and Ghosi (Vijay Kumar Rajbhar).
After the results were announced, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that on 8 out of the 11 seats, BJP and its allies have registered victory.
In the previous elections, the BJP and its ally Apna Dal had won 9 seats while the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party had won one seat each of the total 11.
According to the ECI, a total of 109 candidates were in the fray for the bypolls. The maximum candidates — 13 each contested from Lucknow Cantonment and Jalalpur.
In the UP Legislative Assembly, the BJP currently has 302 members, the Samajwadi Party 47 and the Bahujan Samaj Party 18. The BJP’s ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) has eight legislators, while the Congress has seven MLAs in the House.