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BJP all set to encash UP victory in Gujarat Assembly polls

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

The is all set to encash its UP civic poll performance in by utilising newly elected mayors for campaigning in the poll-bound state. The has won 14 out of 16 mayoral seats in civic polls in UP and all the newly elected leaders will be meeting Prime Minister Modi tomorrow to seek his blessings. Thereafter, they will proceed to for campaigning for the Assembly elections there on December 9 and 14. "The newly elected mayors will meet the prime minister over tea tomorrow in They are all devoted party workers and will be used where ever the party needs them," state general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak told PTI. Amethi Nagar Panchyat Chairperson Chandrama Devi and Jais Nagar Palika Parishad Mahesh Pratap will be among those who will be meeting Modi. Though did not field any candidate in Amethi, the victory of a candidate there is still considered a major blow to leader as it is his parliamentary constituency and considered a bastion. The lost in Jais and Gauriganj where Nagar Palika polls were held.

In Amethi and Musafirkhana, where Nagar Panchayat polls were held, the party had not fielded anyone. With the BJP's extensive campaign in the local polls in UP paying off, the sweeping win is considered as a boost to the saffron party in the midst of the high-decibel campaign for the elections. Counting of votes in will be taken up on December 18. The UP civic elections were touted as the first litmus test of Yogi Adityanath after the stormed to power in March. The saffron surge routed the and the Congress, both of which drew a blank in mayoral polls. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who has been drafted as the key campaigner in and went on a nearly 90-day whirlwind tour of the state, described it as a "historic win". He attributed the victory to Prime Minister Modi's vision and chief Amit Shah's able guidance and added that the will now look forward to achieving the goal of one hundred per cent success in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. "The victory of party has sent positive message among the people who are already admirers of Modiji. There is a significant population of people from east UP in Gujarat," said leader and state spokesman Shalabh Mani Tripathi, who is campaigning in for the past one month. "Yogiji is already a star campaigner and our newly elected mayors with their success stories will add to our ongoing campaigning here," Tripathi said.

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First Published: Mon, December 04 2017. 14:30 IST