Lucknow: The Bharatiya Janata Party which had failed to make any remarkable improvement in its performance three months back during UP assembly elections is buoyed after its resounding victory in state’s urban body polls.

The party has won seven out of 12 Mayoral posts and this success story of the party is being imputed to the weak opposition presented by its rival in these elections.

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With the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party deciding not to contest elections on their party symbols and emergence of bickering within the Congress Party offered enough avenue to the saffron party to register the surprising victory.

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Although the BJP has proved its dominance in the urban areas, its narrow margin-victory should not be ignored. BJP had to face tough competition in Agra, Ghaziabad and Kanpur considered which were seen as its stronghold prior to the polls.

Several SP leaders regard the decision of not contesting the local body polls on party symbols a big strategic mistake, saying that if the polls would have been contested with the party symbol, they could have worked wonders in the elections.

It is believed that the SP supporters were in dilemma while casting their votes as their candidates were not contesting urban body polls on party symbol.

It is noteworthy that the same party had won 45 assembly seats in the last assembly elections in the urban areas of the state. Moreover, similar was the case of main opposition party BSP as its own supporters were disappointed on finding the absence of the party symbol-Elephant-this time.
The BSP supported candidates managed to secure hold on the Allahabad municipal corporation and surprised many by presenting a tough fight in Agra, Aligarh and Jhansi corporations.  

Congress’ debacle  

However, Congress emerged to be the worst sufferer in the civic body polls. Hoping to keep the fire burning in Uttar Pradesh on the lines of Delhi, the party could not reap benefits from SP and BSP’s absence in the polls. Unable to continue its winning streak since three municipal corporation elections, the Congress failed to capitalize the anti-BJP votes in the elections.

The real matter of concern is the party’s defeat in the regions which are spotted as its strongholds. Despite pouring extreme efforts in Lucknow (represented by state party chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi) the Congress failed to stop BJP winning here.

Also the visible factionalism surfacing in the Congress and absence of party veterans during campaign other than their own regions caused the party’s defeat.

Congress candidate Nirmala’s failure in Jhansi municipal corporation polls can make the alarm bells ringing for Union Minister of State Pradeep Jain. Sriprakash Jaiswal in Kanpur and former cricketer Azharuddin also could not create any magic in their respective Lok Sabha constituencies.

Similarly, losing Bareli and Allahabad seats at the hands of the SP and the BSP candidates besides witnessing defeat in Amethi and Rae Bareli is the wakeup call for the Congress in the wake of 2014 general elections.

It seems that the urban population has clearly dismissed the urban development schemes of the UPA like JNNURM.

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