The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received a major boost in poll - bound Uttar Pradesh on Saturday when it won legislative council elections in three seats.
BJP candidates won the Graduate constituencies of Kanpur, Gorakhpur - Faizabad and Bareilly - Moradabad, of elections held to five seats.
Unlike the other elections, to vote as part of the Graduate Constituency, apart from being a citizen of India and a resident in the constituency, the main requirement is that the person must have a Graduate degree from a recognized Indian University, or an equivalent qualification.
BJP's Arun Pathak defeated his nearest Samajwadi Party (SP) rival in the Kanpur graduate constituency by 9, 000 votes.
In the Gorakhpur - Faizabad graduate constituency, BJP's Devendra Pratap Singh defeated his nearest Secondary Education Federation Sharma Group's Sanjayan Tripathi.
In the Bareilly - Moradabad MLC graduate seat, BJP's Jaypal Singh Vyast defeat his nearest SP - supported candidate Renu Mishra, while the Congress candidate Kumud Gangwar stood third.