UP polls: BJP, BSP, Samajwadi Party claim they swept first phase

All major parties in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday claimed that they swept the round and were on the road to form the government in the politically crucial state.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 12, 2017 21:56 IST
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Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav addresses an election rally at Amroha on Sunday. Akhilesh said Samajwadi Party was ahead of rivals in the first phase.(PTI)

A day after the first phase of polling, major parties in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday claimed that they swept the round and were on the road to form the government in the politically crucial state.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said the downfall of those who had “befooled” the people promising “achche din” (better days) has started, while Mayawati asserted that she will prove pollsters wrong as she did in 2007 when they predicted her defeat.

BJP chief Amit Shah claimed ‘achhe din’ will come in Uttar Pradesh after counting of votes on March 11.

Claiming that the SP was ahead of rivals in the first phase, Akhilesh said the trend will continue and the alliance will get majority.

“We could have got majority alone, but after the alliance with the Congress, we will comfortably win over 300 seats,” Akhilesh said in Badaun.

“The downfall of those who had befooled people promising ‘achche din’ has started. After 2017, they will be wiped out in 2019 also. They (BJP) should tell as to what have they done for people,” he said.

Addressing a rally in Sitapur, Mayawati claimed it was a “clean sweep” for the BSP in the first phase.

“The first phase of the UP polls was encouraging for the BSP. It was a clean sweep for our party. It’s a positive signal that we are going to form the government in the state,” she told an election rally in Lucknow.

She dubbed as “fake” the surveys and opinion polls that said the BSP will not come to power and said that they will be proved wrong as in 2007, when her party got majority.

“You should not believe in such surveys. If the BSP came to power, all development schemes will be restarted and names of schemes and places that were changed will be restored,” she said.

BSP chief Mayawati waves at the crowd at an election rally in Sitapur on Sunday. (PTI)

Shah said the BSP was the main rival for the BJP in the first two phases and the Samajwadi Party in the rest five.

“As per the trend of the first phase, we will get more than 50 seats (out of 73). In the first two phases, we will be getting more than 90 seats (out of total 140). The main rival in these two phases is the BSP. In the next phases, the rival will be the SP,” Shah told reporters in Lucknow.

He claimed that issues like payment of cane dues, loans at 0% interest to farmers, anti-Romeo squads to check crimes against women, and some other key points in the BJP manifesto had attracted youths and common people and they were supporting the BJP.

BJP president Amit Shah addesses a press conference at the party headquarters in Lucknow on Sunday. (PTI)

Slamming Akhilesh, Shah said he has conceded defeat by sacrificing 105 (of the 403) seats to the Congress.

On the chief minister’s charge that ‘acche din’ have eluded the people, Shah said, “By saying this, Akhilesh has accepted that he has failed. After ruling for five years, he is asking when will ‘acche din’ come. It will come after March 11, when BJP will form government.”

The first phase of polls in 73 assembly constituencies witnessed 64.22% voter turnout on Saturday. Voting will be held in 67 constituencies spread over 11 districts on February 15.

The other five phases will be held on February 19, 23 and 27 and on March 4 and 8. Counting will be taken up on March 11.

First Published: Feb 12, 2017 21:31 IST