Last update: May 29, 2023 1:37 PM IST
Voting for the by-election of two vacant Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council seats for which both the BJP and Samajwadi Party have fielded candidates began in Lucknow on Monday.
Voting began at 9 am and will continue until 4 pm. Vote counting will begin at 5 p.m. The results are likely to be announced in the evening. Based on its numerical strength in the legislature, the BJP is comfortably placed to ensure victory for its two candidates.
An Assembly Secretariat official said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Finance Minister Suresh Khanna were among those who cast their votes in the morning. Secondary votes to the two seats were necessitated by the resignation of Laxman Acharya and the death of Banwari Lal Dohre. Acharya’s term, who was appointed Governor of Sikkim, would last until January 2027, while Dohre’s term would expire in July 2028. The BJP has fielded Manvendra Singh and Padamsen Chowdhary, while Ram Jatan Rajbhar and Ramkaran Nirmal are vying for by the Samajwadi. Party.
Notification for partial voting was issued on May 11, with May 18 being the last day to submit nominations. Only members of the assembly are eligible to vote in legislative council elections.
The BJP has 255 MLAs in the 403-member assembly, while allies Apna Dal (Sonelal) have 13 and the NISHAD Party six. The Samajwadi Party has 109 MLAs and its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal has nine. The Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party has six MLAs, the Congress and the Jansatta Dal (Loktantrik) each have two, and the Bahujan Samaj Party has one.
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