Lucknow: The saffron surge in Uttar Pradesh seemed imminent as latest trends suggested that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was leading in 57 seats out of the total 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In one of the key elections in the state, BJP’s veteran leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was leading in Lucknow Lok Sabha seat.
As per latest trends at 12:07 pm, Rajnath Singh was leading the race with a total of 2,41,208 seats, almost 56.95% of the votes counted till now. On the other hand, Samajwadi Party leader, Poonam Sinha, who is the wife of Congress candidate Shatrughan Sinha, was placed at second position with 1,22,905 votes.
Meanwhile, Congress candidate Acharya Pramod Krishnam was trailing in the third place with a total 72,138.
According to latest trends at 12:07 pm, BJP was leading in 56 seats, while its ally Apna Dal was ahead in 1 seat. On the other hand, the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party (SP-BSP) alliance was together leading in 19 seats, with SP ahead in 8 seats and BSP leading in 11 seats.
In 2014 Lok Sabha election, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won 71 seats, while ally Apna Dal had won 2 seats. The Samajwadi Party had won 5 seats and the BSP had failed to even open its account. Congress had won 2 seats five years ago.
Overall, the BJP-led NDA appeared set to return to power with a bigger mandate than 2014 elections. Trends at 12:13 pm suggested that the NDA was leading in 346 seats, UPA on 95 seats and others in 103.
Taking to Twitter, Rajnath Singh said that he spoke to PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah and congratulated them for BJP-led NDA’s “stupendous victory” in the 2019 elections. In a series of tweets, Singh praised the leadership of Modi and Shah and also thanked the voters for giving a “decisive mandate” to BJP-led NDA.