BJP wins big in UP, but deputy CM loses Sirathu seat to Samajwadi Party; says THIS to voters

BJP wins big in UP, but deputy CM loses Sirathu seat to Samajwadi Party; says THIS to voters

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has lost from Sirathu constituency of Uttar Pradesh assembly. The BJP leader has been defeated by Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate from the seat, Dr. Pallavi Patel.

According to the Election Commission of India (ECI), Maurya secured a total of 98,941 votes, while Dr. Pallavi Patel got 1,06,278 votes.

Taking to Twitter, Maurya wrote, “I humbly accept the decision of the people of Sirathu assembly constituency. Grateful for the hard work of each and every worker. I express my gratitude towards the voters who gave blessings in the form of votes.”

Earlier in the da, counting of votes in Sirathu constituency was stopped after Maurya’s son Yogesh complained poll officials about the alleged glitch in the EVM.

The BJP demanded recounting of votes after the tally showed Samajwadi Party candidate Pallivi Patel leading in the Sirathu seat. 

Maurya is a prominent OBC face in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh. He is the sitting MLA from Sirathu assembly constituency in the Kaushambi district of Uttar Pradesh. He contested Uttar Pradesh assembly polls in 2002, 2007 and 2012.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Maurya had contested from Phulpur parliamentary seat in Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh won with a majority, securing more than 52 per cent vote share.

He was made Uttar Pradesh BJP President in 2016 and the next year (2017), he was appointed as the deputy CM of Uttar Pradesh. 

According to the Election Commission of India, at the time of filing this report, BJP won 240 seats and was leading in 16. 

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There are total 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh Assembly. Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party, meanwhile, has won 99 seats and was leading in 11 seats.

first published:March 10, 2022, 10:57 p.m.

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