"People of the state have given a befitting reply to the communal forces and have expressed intention that they need harmony and brotherhood," Akhilesh told reporters here.


"Communal forces tried to gain mileage by spreading hatred, but the people by their power of vote defeated them," he added.


Akhilesh said the Samajwadi Party Government in the state only concentrates on development works and has been working in this direction from day one and after by-polls it would continue to work more responsibly.


"We want to thank the people that at such a time, they have supported the Samajwadis and the direction in which the Samajwadi Party wants to take the state," Akhilesh said.


Senior Cabinet minister Shivpal said that the people have voted against communal forces and for development.


"In Lok Sabha elections communal forces lured the people, but now they are aware with the facts," he said.


Samajwadi Party has won the Thakurdwara Assembly seat and was leading in eight others, while the BJP was ahead in two seats in Uttar Pradesh where by-polls were held for 11 Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat.

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