SP storms back to power in UP; BSP routed

Posted on March 7, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It was a day of grand wins and bruising defeats. As counting ended Tuesday for elections in five states, the Samajwadi Party (SP) surged back to power in Uttar Pradesh and the Akali Dal broke a four-decade jinx to win another term in Punjab, leaving India’s ruling Congress battered and the main opposition BJP counting its losses.

Two ruling parties ousted, two holding on to power despite the odds and neck-and-neck in a fifth state – the electoral pastiche following the February-March polls in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa proved that the voter, weary of corruption and inflation, refused to be dazzled by either promises or star value and used only hard pragmatism in exercising choice. 

That’s all from the Yahoo! News desk on the assembly polls coverage for today.

Uttar Pradesh

Party Won Leading Total
SP     223 1 224
BJP 45 2 47
Congress 26 2 28
BSP 79 1 80
Others 23 0 23
Awaited

Punjab

Party Won Leading
Total
SAD+ 56 0 56
Congress+ 46 0 46
IBJP 12 0 12
Others 3 0 3
Awaited

Uttarakhand

Party
Won Leading Total
BJP 30 1 31
Congress 32 0 32
Others 4 0 4

Manipur

Party Won Leading Total
Congress 42 0 42
All India Trinamool Congress 7 0 7
Others 10 0 10

Goa

Party
Won Leading Total
Congress+ 9 0 9
BJP 21 0 21
NCP 0 0 0
Others 10 0 10
Awaited 0 0


9:00 pm: Couldn’t assure voters we could beat BSP: Digvijaya Singh


8:30 pm: BJP does better than expected in polls

Barring disappointment in Uttar Pradesh, where it failed to improve its tally, the Bharatiya Janata Party had reasons to smile with the poll results.

It has won in Goa, rebuffed an anti-incumbency wave in Uttarakhand to remain in contention for power and in Punjab is part of the victorious alliance with the Akali Dal, though its tally is down this time. It failed to open its account in Manipur.

8:10 pm: Voters are winners in state elections: Quraishi

While political parties are busy analysing their performance in the state elections, Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi Tuesday said that voters and democracy are the winners in the polls.

“The winners are: the voters. Democracy. INDIA. Let’s be proud of India,” Quraishi said on micro-blogging side twitter. 

7:45 pm: SP spokesperson Gaurabv Bhatia assures that he’s talking to his leadership to help the journalists as soon as possible and in whatever way possible.

7:30 pm: SP workers go on a rampage smashing at least 15 cameras of media people. They’ve held around 100 journalists hostage for the last two hours in Jhansi. BJP immediately said “SP is known for such hooliganism. NDTV has the story 

7:15 pm: I am responsible for UP failure: Rahul


7:00 pm: Mayawati statues will not be razed: Akhilesh 

Akhilesh Yadav said that the parks and statues built during the Mayawati regime won’t be razed as the vacant space around it would be used to build social institutions like hospitals.

“We won’t raze the statues of Mayawati. Mulayam Singh ji has said that there is sufficient vacant space around it to build a social institution like a hospital,” added Yadav.

6:40 pm: A seven-year-old child was killed by a gun shot at the victory celebration of Samajwadi Party leader Iqbal Mehmood in Sambhal. IBNLive has the story 

6:30 pm: Gloom at Congress headquarters after dismal performance

A sense of gloom prevailed at the All India Congress Committee headquarters following the party’s poor performance in state assembly elections, especially Uttar Pradesh.

The headquarters, located at 24, Akbar Road in the heart of Lutyen’s Delhi, wore a deserted look with almost all party leaders staying away, possibly to avoid the huge media contingent gathered outside.

The long wait was finally rewarded when Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi, putting up a brave front, appeared from inside only to inform the journalists that Rahul Gandhi’s press conference would take place at his residence shortly.

6:15 pm: Poll results give BJP reason to celebrate

It was a splash of saffron and festivities at the Bharatiya Janata Party office here as the party managed to pull together a good show in the assembly polls results declared. 

Firecrackers were burst as party workers celebrated the “defeat” of the Congress, more than their victory.

“The results in Goa and Punjab have showcased that those who were judging BJP to be a very small player now have to re-evaluate their calculations,” a party worker said amid bursting of firecrackers.Read on 

6:00 pm: 3 basic lessons from the state polls 

Mayawati’s was the SP’s gain: lowish-caste voters, especially the many rural ones in the centre and east of the state, flocked to the SP. It has successfully rejigged its image since it last ruled. It was once known as a party of thugs, whose leaders opposed the use of English or computers, and allowed lawlessness to flourish when it ruled the state from 2003 to 2007. The Economist has the story  

5:45 pm: Is the Gandhi charisma fading?

The charisma of the younger Gandhis didn’t seem to have worked, even in the family pocketboroughs in Uttar Pradesh. In a major setback, the Congress has lost all the seats in Rae Bareli, represented in the Lok Sabha by party president Sonia Gandhi.

Four of the seats in Rae Bareli were bagged by the Samajwadi Party while the fifth went to the Peace Party, the Election Commission sources said. Read on 

5:34 pm: Akhilesh’s daughters say ‘daadu’ for Chief Minister


5:24 pm: Digvijay asks SP not to repeat goons’ rule 

Digvijay Singh expressed happiness over the defeat of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, but asked the victorious Samajwadi Party (SP) not to repeat its 2002-2007 “rule of goons”.

Reacting to the poll results that indicated a comfortable majority for SP in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly, Singh said the defeat of BSP meant the people of the state wanted an end to the “corruption” of Mayawati.

He also said that it was “good” the voters gave a decisive mandate to the SP.

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