Raj Babbar is Uttar Pradesh Congress chief. (Photo:PTI)
In the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sweeping Uttar Pradesh with 62 of 80 seats in its kitty and leading in another, state Congress chief Raj Babbar has reportedly sent his resignation to party president Rahul Gandhi.
As per sources, Raj Babbar offered to resign from his post on Friday as he took "moral responsibility" of the Congress defeat in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections.
BJP got spectacular results in Uttar Pradesh where it is set to win 63 of the 80 seats, puncturing the SP-BSP alliance.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) won five seats and its alliance partner Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) nine.
The Modi wave not only smashed the SP-BSP alliance, but also uprooted Congress president Rahul Gandhi from the party bastion of Amethi, where Union minister Smriti Irani won and avenged her defeat in 2014.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi won from the Varanasi seat defeating his nearest rival Shalini Yadav of the SP by a margin of 4,79,505 votes, bettering his previous margin of 3,71,784 votes in 2014.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attributed the impressive show by his party to the "alert voters" who he said have rejected the 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) of opposition parties.
Sonia Gandhi retained Rae Bareli seat, defeating her nearest rival by 1,67,178 votes. SP-BSP had supported Sonia Gandhi on this seat in Uttar Pradesh, once its favourite hunting ground.
SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav won Mainpuri seat, while his son and SP president Akhilesh Yadav, who contested from Azamgarh, won by 2.59 lakh votes.
The counting of votes is still underway in Uttar Pradesh and the Election Commission has declared results of 79 seats as of 10:30 am on Friday.
In 2014 polls, the BJP had won 71 seats and its ally Apna Dal (S) two, while the SP had bagged five seats and the Congress two. In three bypolls, the opposition had wrested Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Kairana from the BJP.