EVEN BEFORE the availability of detailed civic poll results from different parts of the State, every political party in the State is strangely vying to claim that it had emerged victorious and is sure to win the Vidhan Sabha elections. Each party has its own interruption, logic and reasons for saying so.
A divided BJP, struggling with itself to solve intra-party squabbles, was written off by political pundits. However, leaders of the saffron brigade are now claiming to form the government in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections on its own.
Keshri Nath Tripathi, while claiming that people’s verdict in the civic poll was clearly in favour of the BJP, quoted results of mayoral election of the 12 Nagar Nigams of which the BJP had won eight. “We are the only party which would and could take on the Samajwadi Party,” he said, adding, “We could have further improved our tally, but for large-scale rigging, and booth capturing by the SP goons and partisan attitude of officials and the police.”
Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari argued that the party had strengthened its position in the State and the civic poll clearly indicated that people, including Muslims, were now looking towards the Congress to provide an alternative to Mulayam’s misrule. “We now have three mayors and our total vote percentage has increased considerably. This will help us in the coming assembly elections,” he claimed. People were coming back to the Congress, as all other parties had failed to deliver and this was party’s biggest achievement, he added.
Similar claims, however, were also being made by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which did not even participate in the poll. BSP Legislature Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya was happy that his party won even without contesting officially.
In municipal corporations, Nagar Panchayats and town areas maximum seats were won by independents, of whom 85 per cent were supported by the BSP, asserted Maurya. He said the verdict was a clear indicator that the party had gained ground even in urban areas, where it was weak compared to its hold in rural areas. He dubbed the results as a clear verdict against Mulayam and his government and expressed confidence that his party would be able to form the government independently.
Samajwadi Party general secretary and brother of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav too made similar claims saying that the results were a clear message that voters had approved of party’s people-oriented policies and were happy over the speedy industrialisation and progress of the State under the CM. He refused to admit that Muslims were moving away from the SP, as was evident by division of Muslim votes.
Refuting charges of booth-capturing and rigging, Yadav accused the opposition of indulging in violence during the elections and said the BJP won on many seats by using illegal means.
He expressed confidence that the SP would win the finals (Vidhan Sabha elections) after excellent performance in civic poll.