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UP Polls: SP, BJP take early leads as UP counts its ballot

Samajwadi Party surged ahead in Uttar Pradesh, leading in 32 seats and BJP sprung a surprise by coming a close second with leads in 26 seats, as counting for votes began for the 403-strong state Assembly

March 06, 2012 / 01:08 PM IST

Samajwadi Party surged ahead in Uttar Pradesh, leading in 32 seats and BJP sprung a surprise by coming a close second with leads in 26 seats, as counting for votes began for the 403-strong state Assembly.


In the early trends available for 85 seats, Congress emerged third leading in 11 seats while the ruling BSP was relegated to the fourth spot, only ahead in 10 seats. "Counting for all 403 seats has started at 8 am and will continue till all results are announced amidst tight security arrangements," Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha told PTI.


Congress faces an uphill task in reviving its fortunes in the Mayawati-ruled Uttar Pradesh where its campaign was led from the front by Rahul Gandhi. Congress is contesting 357 seats in the state out of 403 seats where it won 22 seats in the 2007 state polls. The ruling BSP, which won 206 in last elections, in UP has contested all 403 seats, SP 402, BJP 398 and RLD 46.


Exit polls have predicted a hung assembly in the state with the SP showed as cornering the major chunk of seats. In 2007 polls, SP had got 97 seats, BJP 50 and RLD, which contested in alliance with BJP won 10 seats. Independents and others had got 17 seats.


Among candidates who were leading in the initial trends were Apna Dal general secretary Anupriya Patel in Rohaniya, BJP vice-president Kalraj Mishra on Lucknow East, Shivpal Singh Yadav on Jaswantnagar, Gopal Tandon on Lucknow North, whereas UPPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi and cabinet minister Nakul Dubey were trailing on Lucknow Cantt and Bakshi ka Talab seats respectively.

Fate of more than 6,500 candidates would be decided today as counting for the assembly seats for which polling was held in seven-phases started here this morning.

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