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UP Elections: Yogi to return as Chief Minister as BJP leads over rivals

A file photo of Yogi Adityanath.

Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Adityanath will return as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh with the BJP taking a lead over rivals in India’s politically most vital state with bigger vote share than last time, as votes were counted on Thursday.

The BJP has shored up 44.6 per cent of the vote- a significant 5 per cent improvement over the 2017 elections. Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, trailing with roughly half the seats, gained over the last election but fell far short of the party’s expectations.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress were leading in five and four seats respectively. The Apna Dal (Sonelal) was leading in 11 seats and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in seven, according to latest trends.

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