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Congress sees hope in UP

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 00:19 IST
Anil Anand
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Sensing its revival in Uttar Pradesh following an improved tally in the just concluded civic elections Congress has rejected the theory that BJP's better showing was indicative of the saffron party's come back trail. 

With an eye on the coming Assembly elections, Congress spokesperson Satyavrat Chaturvedi said the party rank and file was enthused by its improved performance both in terms of percentage of votes secured and number of civic bodies won.
Chaturvedi owed the BJP's improved performance to the fact that the party had been traditionally doing well in the local body elections. The phenomenon of their success was limited only to urban areas which should not be construed as a yardstick for its revival, he said. "It is a matter of introspection and not a worry," he quipped.

Significantly, Congress has rubbished those claiming the party's route in Amethi and Rae Bareli represented in the Lok Sabha by Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi respectively. Contradicting this claim, Chatruvedi said that out of 11 Nagar Palikas and Nagar Panchayats in the two districts Congress has won seven as against three in the 2001 polls.

In comparison, BJP has drawn blank against its tally of three in the last elections. The ruling Samajwadi Party has won one civic body against three in the last elections.

Giving a comparative analyses of 2001 and 2006 civic polls, he said the obvious inference was that the party was on the road to improvement. Against the one Mayoral success in 2001, the party has now won three posts. Its tally in winning the Municipalities has gone up to 21 from the previous 19 while the party has won in 33 Town Boards (Nagar Panchayats) against 11 last time. Similarly, the increase in the percentage of votes secured by the Congress has gone up to 27.20 per cent from 11 per cent in 2001. 

Interestingly, Chaturvedi also rejected the theory that Congress' improved performance was due to BSP's absence from the poll scene. Claiming that the BSP did not want to expose itself by contesting the election, he said: "Certain myths would have exploded had the BSP contested the elections."