Lucknow. Counting of votes will be held on Tuesday (April 12) for the voting held on April 9 for 27 out of 36 seats of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council. The counting of votes will begin at 8 am at the collectorates of all the 27 districts. The Election Commission and the police have completed the preparations regarding the counting of votes. The main contest on all the seats is between the BJP and the Samajwadi Party. While the BJP is talking about creating history of majority in the upper house with a thumping victory, the Samajwadi Party has tried to keep its position strong. Although elections were to be held on 36 seats, but BJP candidates have been elected unopposed in 9 seats. So voting took place on 27. On April 9, Agra-Firozabad, Moradabad-Bijnor, Rampur-Bareilly, Gorakhpur-Maharajganj, Pilibhit-Shahjahanpur, Sitapur, Lucknow-Unnao, Rae Bareli, Pratapgarh, Sultanpur, Barabanki, Bahraich, Azamgarh-Mau, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Varanasi, Allahabad Voting was held in Jhansi-Jalaun-Lalitpur, Etawah-Farrukhabad, Gonda, Faizabad, Kanpur-Fatehpur, Meerut-Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur, Ballia, Basti-Siddharthnagar and Deoria. 96 candidates are in the fray on these seats. It is generally believed that in this election of local body authority, only the ruling party wins. In 2004, when Mulayam Singh Yadav was the Chief Minister, the SP won 24 out of 36 seats. After this, in 2010, during Mayawati’s rule, the BSP had captured 34 out of 36 seats. Nothing had changed even during Akhilesh’s time, in 2016 Akhilesh’s Samajwadi Party also won 31 out of 36 seats.
The BJP, which came to a thumping majority with 274 seats in the 2022 assembly elections, has won 9 seats without contesting. Political experts believe that except for two seats, where it is considered a close contest, 34 seats are seen going to BJP’s account in this election.