SP claims to hold on to Muslim votes

Assembly polls 2017: Uttar Pradesh witnesses 65% turnout in second phase polling

SP claims to hold on to Muslim votes

With more than 65% polling recorded on Wednesday, SP leaders claimed that their alliance has managed to hold on to Muslims against the strong fear of poaching by BSP in the second phase.

This phase witnessed communal polarisation in Bijnor district due to the recent murder of a teenager in Nayagaon village.

BJP leaders, however, claimed the battle in this leg of election in 67 constituencies spread over 11 districts was with the SP-Congress alliance and enthusiastic polling was an indication of the sharp Hindu-Muslim divide in minority-dominated seats of Saharanpur and Bijnor. Interestingly, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday tweeted that Mayawati will come up with a surprise result in UP as Donald Trump did in the US, but later clarified that it was an error and he actually wanted to say that NaMo will excel instead of Mayawati.

BJP sources claimed that communal polarisation took place in eight seats in Bijnor due to the killing of a teenager that led to Hindu-Muslim divide a couple of days ahead of polling on Wednesday. Among the riot-accused fielded by the BJP in western UP, Suchi Chaudhary, the wife of Mausam Chaudhary, who is behind the bars on charges of being involved in Penda riots that took place last September, is contesting from Bijnor city seat.

Of the eight Bijnor Assembly constituencies, the SP and the BJP had won two seats each while the BSP had led with four seats.

Out of the 67 seats, the SP had won 34 in the previous 2012 Assembly elections followed by the BSP which bagged 18 and BJP 10 and the Congress which had contested elections in partnership with the RLD, securing three. The remaining two constituencies were bagged by others.

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