The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) headed for a massive win in biennial elections to the UP legislative council or upper house but had to settle for a loss in Varanasi.
In Varanasi, Annapurna Singh, the wife of local stronghold Brijesh Singh, has won the seat with a huge margin, keeping the BJP candidate third.
Apart from the Varanasi loss, it is a win-win for the BJP party, which scored a massive majority in the UP assembly elections 2022 with Yogi Adityanath becoming CM for the second time.
The opposition Samajwadi Party has not managed to win at least a single seat in this election.
For Yogi Adityanath, the victory in the MLC election is another big endorsement of his rising stature within the party.