Mulayam's Samajwadi Party romps home, but real test begins now
OT, March 6, 2012 18:42 IST
Pola Amin/Okhla Times News Service
After five years of political wilderness, the Samajwadi Party is all set to form government in Uttar Pradesh on its own. The trend shows that Mulayam Singh’s party is leading in nearly 220 seats in the 403 seats Assembly house. This is more than the number required to form the government. The results have not come as a surprise for those who have been following development in the state closely.
Like some, we too at OKHLA TIMES were the first to point out that Samajwadi Party would turn out to be the single largest party. However, what has come as a surprise is Samajwadi Party’s overwhelming sweep in the election. When the one month of high-voltage election drama was over in Uttar Pradesh and exit polls were out many were in disbelief as most of them had touted Samajwadi Party at the top. All said, they had predicted hung assembly.
But the political wonks were in doubt about Samajwadi Party’s ability to bag so many seats. Many kept their finger crossed until Tuesday morning when by 8 AM results started pouring in from Uttar Pradesh and four other states where elections were held from February to March.
Initial trends showed Bharatiya Janata Party making a huge lead. It appeared that BJP would cross the 100 mark. But the surge went static as counting results of more regions in Uttar Pradesh started coming in. After that it was Mulayam Singh’s Samajwadi Party that was at the centre of attraction.
Now there is no doubt to the fact that Samajwadi Party will wear the crown. The 2012 Assembly elections results have upset the Congress party that despite hard work failed to click in. India’s oldest party, the Congress, stayed at the fourth spot and the ruling BSP was routed.
BSP chief Mayawati failed to woo voters to her fold.
With this win, the BSP has been able to clear the first hurdle towards power. But its real test starts now. There are relief and worry in the state. Some people fear that the rise of Samajwadi Party would herald criminal rule in the state. Looking at SP’s past track record many are apprehensive about its latest claim that it would care about law and order.
But with youth icon Akhilesh Yadav at the forefront, it appears that things may change for good for Samajwadi Party. And it would concentrate on good governance and developmental project. This would only help the Yadavs to consolidate their base further in Uttar Pradesh.
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