BJP loses Varanasi, Lucknow cantonment board polls

Written by | January 12, 2015 | 0

Agra: In a major setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh, the party suffered losses in almost all the Cantonment Board polls, the results for which were declared on Monday.

In Varanasi, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, all seven candidates of the party were defeated. As per reports coming in, independent candidates emerged winners in all the seven wards. The polling was held on Sunday.

In Lucknow, the Lok Sabha constituency of Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh, the party lost on all eight seats.

In Agra Cantonment Board, the party won only one out of eight seats, and two out of seven in neighbouring Mathura in the elections held in the two places on Sunday.

The Agra Cantonment Board poll results were declared on Sunday night, and those of Mathura on Monday morning.

The Agra battle acquired a degree of prestige because the Bharatiya Janata Party for the first time contested the election on its symbol. Earlier, it used to back Independents.

BJP MP and union minister of state Ram Shankar Katheria campaigned for party candidates in a bid to ensure a big victory.

Independents won seven seats in Agra, with Pankaj Mahendru scoring a hat trick. The lone woman winner was Seema Rajput, also an Independent.

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