Counting for UP’s 403 seats most awaited on Thursday

Lucknow, Mar 9 (UNI): Has Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) poll plank of development and good governance tilted the balance in the party’s favour or the opposition parties, specially Samajwadi Party’s (SP), card of inflation and unemployment managed to hit the sentiments of the voters?

The result will be out in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Counting of votes for all 403 seats will start from 8 am.


The Election Commission officials said all preparations have been made in advance, including training of the counting staff. “Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful counting at all 403 counting stations set up in the state,” they said.

The EC has banned victory procession and the liquor shops will remain closed during counting across the state, Section 144 of CrPC has been promulgated in all the 75 districts to maintain peace and order.

In 2017, the BJP with 39.67% votes bagged 312 seats. The SP, which was in power then, got 47 seats, followed by the BSP (19 seats) and Congress (7).

While BJP and SP both are claiming absolute majority on March 10, the narrative has changed a bit in the last 24 hours.

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