The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in as many as 56 seats in Uttar Pradesh as trends in all 80 seats have trickled in. The preliminary results signal an overwhelming mandate for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he looks set for a second term.
The Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance has a lead in 20 constituencies, while the Congress is leading in just one seat.
Political heavyweights, including PM Modi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, home minister Rajnath Singh, and Union ministers Maneka Gandhi and Smriti Irani are in the fray from the country’s most populous state.
Trends from key contests:
- Narendra Modi leading in Varanasi (65.05%)
- Sonia Gandhi is leading in Rae Bareli (55.2% vote share)
- Rahul Gandhi is trailing Irani. The Congress president is also contesting from Wayanad in Kerala, where he leads.
- Akhilesh Yadav leading in Azamgarh (67.33%)
- Dimple Yadav leading in Kannauj (50.69%)
- Maneka Gandhi trailing in Sultanpur against BSP’s Chandra Bhadra Singh (45.05 vs 45.55%)
- Smriti Irani leading the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Amethi (50.27 vs 43.01% vote share)
- Rajnath Singh leading in Lucknow against SP’s Poonam Sinha (58.89 vs 26.34%)
- Salman Khurshid trailing BJP’s Mukesh Rajput in Farrukhabad (3.45 vs 59.08%)
- Varun Gandhi leading in Pilibhit (61.12%)
- Hema Malini leading in Mathura (64.85%)
- Raj Babbar trailing BJP’s Rajkumar Chahar (15.52 vs 67.41%)
The BJP has cornered a whopping 49.1 percent of the vote share so far, indicating the scale of their dominance.
In 2014, the BJP won 71 of the 80 seats, with more than 40 percent of the vote share. In combination with its ally Apna Dal, the BJP added two more seats to take its UP tally to 73.
A majority for the BJP in UP— the state that sends most representatives to Parliament—would strengthen the chances of a second term for Modi and make it easier to form a government without the need for potentially pesky allies.