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Major setback for SP-RLD in mayoral polls

The results of mayoral elections have come as a major setback for ruling allies Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in UP, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2006 23:31 IST

The results of mayoral elections have come as a major setback for ruling allies Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in the state.

While the SP, which had contested all 12 seats, could win just one-Moradabad, the RLD has come as cropper. The anti-incumbency factor seems to have played a vital role to rout SP-RLD in the mayoral poll. It is not a good sign for the two parties in the assembly election year.

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

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

The SP had been largely banking on Muslims and the support of the trading community for good performance in the corporation elections. But the elections results indicated the two well-entrenched community did not extend full support to the party.

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. But the community has amply demonstrated that it was no longer under their influence. However, Shivpal Yadav claimed Muslims were still with the SP. Despite governmental pampering the trading community as usual has showed its affiliation to the BJP than to the SP.

The RLD had fielded candidates at five places and was quite hopeful of winning in its stronghold Meerut and Aligarh. The RLD's performance in the Nagar Panchayat and Nagar Parishad has also been very poor, as it could win six nagar panchayats and three nagar parishads. It has clearly pointed out that the party has hardly any base in urban areas.

The RLD, with the hope of widening its base in urban areas, had joined the civic polls for the first time at a large scale. But it has been badly mauled in the husting. The party leaders are meeting in Delhi on November 10 to review the situation.


First Published: Nov 07, 2006 23:31 IST