Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is confident that her party will remain ahead of its rivals in the Lok Sabha elections across the state.
Speaking to mediapersons after casting her vote for the parliamentary polls at a polling booth in Lucknow Montessori School, Mayawati said, "My party is doing very well not only here but all across the state. I am sure we will perform very well."
"I have begun my day with voting, which I have always felt is everyone's prime duty. I had other important things on my agenda but I made up my mind that before setting off for my election campaign in other parts of the state I will cast my vote for my party's candidate Akhilesh Das. That is why I am here even without having my morning tea or breakfast."
Mayawati strolled into the polling station with her most trusted lieutenants - BSP's Brahmin mascot cum national general secretary Satish Misra and cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh.
Misra and Singh also cast their votes at the same polling station along with Akhilesh Das.
Predicting a clean sweep for himself, Das told reporters, "The last election was different with Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the scene but despite him the voting percentage had gone abysmally low largely on account of the people's disillusionment with the BJP. People are terribly unhappy with Vajpayee's nominee Lalji Tandon this time."