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Mulayam outwits Maya again

ONCE AGAIN Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav turned the tables on BSP chief Mayawati by capturing majority of the seats in Zila Panchayat chairmen election. But the Opposition has attributed the SP?s victory to its political manipulations and muscle power. Though the SP managed to win 45 seats, some of its prominent satraps suffered jolts in their constituencies. The BSP, Congress and BJP had accused the ruling establishment, during campaigning, of massive misuse of official machinery to tilt the balance in its favour. Despite numbers in Zila Panchayats, the BSP could win just 13 seats.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2006 01:21 IST
M Hasan
M Hasan
PTI

ONCE AGAIN Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav turned the tables on BSP chief Mayawati by capturing majority of the seats in Zila Panchayat chairmen election. But the Opposition has attributed the SP’s victory to its political manipulations and muscle power. Though the SP managed to win 45 seats, some of its prominent satraps suffered jolts in their constituencies. The BSP, Congress and BJP had accused the ruling establishment, during campaigning, of massive misuse of official machinery to tilt the balance in its favour. Despite numbers in Zila Panchayats, the BSP could win just 13 seats.

The poll also proved disastrous for the BJP and Congress. Both parties could win just one seat each. For the Congress the defeat in Rae Bareli, AICC chief Sonia Gandhi’s fort, was quite humiliating. The Congress had tied up with the BSP in Rae Bareli but failed to win the poll. BJP leader Kalyan Singh also failed to ensure victory of his nominee in Aligarh. The RLD had already trounced him by getting its candidate elected unopposed from Bulandshahr. Kalyan Singh represents Bulandshahr Lok Sabha constituency.

Of the total 70 districts, candidates in 13 districts were elected unopposed. In Mau the election could not be held because of law and order problem. The Election Commission has withheld results of three districts –Allahabad, Mahoba and Hamirpur.

The SP, which was under considerable pressure after loosing the zila panchayat members’ elections in November 2005, today ensured the victory of majority of its the candidates. While in the last ZP chairmen election the party had won 33 seats it succeeded in improving the tally to 45. However, for some of the tall leaders of the party the poll results did not bring comfort. While in Barabanki SP MP Beni Prasad Verma, his son Jail Minister Rakesh Verma and another minister Arvind Singh Gope faced humiliating defeat as the BSP thrashed the SP candidate, in Rampur Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan’s nominee lost to Congress’ Noor Bano’s candidate Zahida Bee.

However, the SP succeeded in registering victory in all four parts of the state -- Poorvanchal, Madhayanchal, Bundelkhand and Paschimanchal. In western UP SP’s ally RLD also got its six nominees elected unopposed. RLD spokesman Anil Dubey said Aligarh nominee Ram Sakhi Kathetia was RLD candidate not of SP.

The elections results have also brought setbacks to other leaders like Yogi Aditya Nath in Gorakhpur as his all strategies to humble the SP fell flat.

Similarly in Azamgarh region, the BSP’s Yadavs could not do any miracle for the party. The SP has virtually swept the entire Poorvanchal. Interestingly, the anger of the DGP’s wife and SP MLA Gita Singh towards her party, after her abortive bid to capture a bungalow in Gonda brought her no help from the party, reflected in the SP’s defeat in Balrampur where BSP won the poll.