Following a resounding victory in the Uttar Pradesh state assembly, the BJP is eying to win a majority of the 36 Upper House seats going to polls on Saturday.
The 36 seats are spread across 35 local constituencies. The poll was earlier planned on two dates but now it will be conducted on a single date, 9th April and the counting will be held on 12th April.
In the 100-member Legislative Council, the BJP has 34 MLCs, The Samajwadi Party has 17, and the BSP (Bahujan Samajwadi Party) four. The Congress, NISHAD, and Apna Dal (Sonelal) have one member each in the house. The Independent group (‘Nirdal Samooh’) and Independents have 1 MLC each, while the Teachers’ group has 2 MLCs
While addressing the BJP workers a week ago, CM Yogi Adityanath said it was crucial for the party to win the 36 seats to advance his government’s growth agenda without any hurdles.
The Congress and BSP have not fielded candidates for this legislative council election, making it a straight fight between the BJP and SP. Some independent candidates also contesting the polls.