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Results a setback for SP, RLD

RESULTS OF the mayoral elections have come as a major setback for the ruling allies- the Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in the State. While the SP, which had contested all the 12 seats, could win just one- Moradabad, the RLD couldn?t open its account. The anti-incumbency factor seemed to have played a vital role in their rout. With assembly elections due in the State, signs were not good for the two parties.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 01:54 IST
M Hasan

RESULTS OF the mayoral elections have come as a major setback for the ruling allies- the Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in the State. While the SP, which had contested all the 12 seats, could win just one- Moradabad, the RLD couldn’t open its account. The anti-incumbency factor seemed to have played a vital role in their rout. With assembly elections due in the State, signs were not good for the two parties. 

For SP, the situation was even more shocking, as it was expecting to increase its representation in municipal corporations. From the “we will win majority seats” statement on Monday, SP general secretary and PWD minister Shivpal Yadav today came down to “we remained where we were in the last election”.

The party had won the Allahabad mayor poll in 2001, but while losing Allahabad to Congress, it succeeded in wresting Moradabad from the BJP by a thin margin.

The SP was largely banking on Muslim and trading community support for an improved performance in the corporation elections. However, results indicated the two well-entrenched communities did not vote for the party. Though, of late, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had been trying to keep Ulema (clerics) and other Mullahs in good humour by offering pre-poll sops, the community amply demonstrated that it was no longer under his influence.

However, Shivpal Yadav claimed Muslims were still with the party. Despite government pampering, the trading community too showed its affiliation to the BJP.     

The RLD, which contested at five places, was quite hopeful of winning in its strongholds Meerut and Aligarh. But its win in just six Nagar Panchayats and three Nagar Parishads clearly indicated that the party hardly had any base in urban areas.

The party, with the hope of increasing its base in urban areas, had for the first time participated at such large scale in civic poll. Things, after the election, had only got worse for the RLD. Party leaders would meet in Delhi on November 10 to review the situation. mhasan@industantimes.com