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Yogi credits Modi for BJP's resounding performance in UP civic polls

Yogi credits Modi for BJP's resounding performance in UP civic polls

BJP on Friday swept the Uttar Pradesh civic polls after it won 14 out of 16 mayoral seats with BSP winning on the remaining two.

BJP's Yogi Adityanath was the star campaigner for Uttar pradesh local body elections.

The UP civic poll results would give a strong boost to the BJP ahead of the crucial Gujarat Assembly elections where polling is scheduled for December 9 and December 14.

While terming the party's victory as acknowledgement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity and the work done by the state government, Yogi also attributed it to political acumen of BJP chief Amit Shah.

On seeing the performance of the state government it is clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party will be closely examined because of the civic poll results, while Adityanath campaigned for his government.

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BJP members rode bikes through Rahul Gandhi's parliamentary constituency Amethi on Friday afternoon in a show of strength to celebrate their party's big win in urban civic body elections in Uttar Pradesh.

While the BSP candidate snatched the Aligarh mayoral seat, a traditional BJP stronghold, opposition Congress performed poorly again. The party had won all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat in 2014. While SP won 477 wards, BSP emerged victorious in 262 and Congress in 158.

The BJP bagged several prestigious mayoral seats including Ayodhya, Varanasi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur and was leading in several others.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the results reaffirmed people's support for the GST which has made doing business "easier" for traders. Congress, particularly Rahul Gandhi, faced a major drubbing as the BJP won in Amethi, a traditional Congress bastion.

In a veiled attack on Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel, OBC leader Alpesh Thakor and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, Patra said these "outsourced" leaders won't help the Congress win the elections in Gujarat.