Now that the poll process is over and the post-poll frenzy has not yet begun, it is time for nervousness and suspense to take over, at least for the next 24 hours. With the counting of votes slated for Friday and the results expected to be out by the evening, politicians chose to spend Thursday in quiet contemplation.
Most of the leaders and their supporters refused to hazard a guess about the outcome and advised the media to do the same. “Wait till tomorrow afternoon, you will know the scene yourself,” said a senior Samajwadi Party functionary.
Most of the party offices that are otherwise bustling with activity wore a deserted look.
The BJP’s Hridaynarayan Dixit claimed the mood in his camp was upbeat and his party was ready to form the next government with the help of its allies — the Apna Dal and Janata Dal-United. “If need be, we will take the help of the Independents,” he said.
The BSP also chose to keep a low profile despite being labelled the clear favourite. The party’s headquarters was deserted and the few party workers present refused to comment on the results, only saying that they were anxiously waiting for Friday.
The atmosphere at the Congress camp was the same — silent and optimistic. “We are keeping our fingers crossed,” said party spokesperson Virendra Madan. He speculated that his party would fare well and hailed the efforts of the Election Commission for conducting peaceful polls. “Our party workers are at their respective constituencies, preparing for the counting,” he said.
Chief electoral officer A.K. Bishnoi said Arya Nagar in Kanpur City being the smallest constituency, its result would likely be out the earliest. Results in bigger constituencies like Ghaziabad could be delayed, he added. However, he said all the results would be out by evening.
Like the elections, Bishnoi said, the Election Commission has made foolproof arrangements for the counting too. Apart from the deployment of 200 companies of central paramilitary forces, PAC and civil police personnel will stand vigil outside counting centres across the state.
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