Panchayat Poll Results In Ayodhya, Mathura Red Flag For BJP
The BJP had a setback in the local body elections in Ayodhya and Mathura -- seen as a grassroot-level feedback ahead of next year's assembly elections when the Yogi Adityanath government will seek a second term. In Gorakhpur, the home turf of the Chief Minster, it went neck and neck with the Samajwadi Party. Results for most of the other districts -- including Prayagraj and Varanasi -- have not come so far.
Out of 40 seats in Ayodhya, the BJP got only six. The top party there was the Samajwadi Party led by former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, which cornered 24 seats. Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party got five seats.
In Mathura, the BJP got only eight of the 33 seats. The party that had the maximum number of seats, 13, was Mayawati's BSP. Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal and the Samajwadi Party got one seat each.
Of the 68 seats in Gorakhpur, the BJP and Samajwadi Party both won 20 seats each, the Independents won 23. AAP, Congress and the Nishad Party won one seat each and the BP two seats.