Police baton charge the crowd outside a counting centre for assembly elections, in Badaun after an incident of disturbance. PTI Photo
A view of deserted Bahujan Samaj Party office after the party lost power to Samajwadi Party in UP assembly elections, in Lucknow.
Punjab chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal greets supporters after his party's win in Punjab assembly polls, in Bathinda. AP Photo/Prabhjot ...
A view of the Congress party headquarters lawn in New Delhi following the assembly elections results. PTI Photo by Subhav Shukla
Congress supporters celebrate party's victory in the assembly elections 2012 and absolute majority in Imphal, Manipur. PTI Photo
Punjab Congress chief Capt. Amarinder Singh with party leaders addressing the media after their defeat in the assembly elections. PTI Photo
Supporters of BJP candidate Harbansh Kapoor celebrate after his win in the assembly elections in Dehradun. PTI Photo
Supporters of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party alliance celebrate after the announcement of results in their favour outside the counting centre in ...
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi speaks to the media in New Delhi. AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia
BJP supporters celebrate SAD-BJP alliance's success in the Punjab assembly elections, in Amritsar. PTI/Deepak Sharma
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Wednesday tendered her resignation to governor BL Joshi after facing a rout in the assembly elections.
The chief minister, apparently to avoid waiting news persons, chose to arrive from the back door of the Raj Bhawan. Mayawati's BSP faced a rout in the assembly elections managing to win only 80 seats. Her party had won 206 seats in the 2007 assembly elections.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party held its parliamentary board meeting to decide its chief ministerial candidate this morning. Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh will go to the governor to stake claim to form the next government in Uttar Pradesh.
Akhilesh Yadav, the 38 year-old “chhote netaji” could win a surprise nomination for the top job in UP and politically crucial state, although his father and party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav so far remains the official choice for UP’s next CM.
Tuesday’s results underscore how the country’s political landscape may be acquiring a new character. Voters are willing to go beyond caste and religion to rally behind young leaders who can speak the language of new India, but also connect to those left out of the transformational journey of this 1.2-bn-plus nation.
On his part, the suave, media-savvy, engineer-turned-politician has always maintained that only his father, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, can rightfully claim the chief minister's job. On Tuesday, as the results started flashing on television channels, he reiterated the same stance, although with a tone that was less definitive.
“The party, and everyone in the party, has the view that netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) should become the chief minister,” he said.
A large constituency within SP, however, would like to see Akhilesh in the driver's seat not just to run the government but to guide the party to Lok Sabha elections in 2014 or earlier. Mulayam too would want to hand over, but he can’t propose his son’s name for SP is a party that claims to follow a socialist ideology. There is speculation that a senior leader, someone like Azam Khan, could be roped in to propose the junior Yadav’s name as the next CM.
Khan, who was reinducted into SP over a year ago, has been the party’s face among the Muslims of UP. His return would seem to have helped the party consolidate its support among Muslims and thus win them away from BSP in a big way.
Mulayam wants Akhilesh as CM
(With PTI inputs)