Parties talk and plot ahead of UP assembly poll results

Mayawati rejects exit polls as fake and says her party will return to power. SP leader Akhilesh Yadav says party is hopeful of getting a majority. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh also claims victory for Congress. UP hung, Cong edge in two states, say exit polls | Exit polls best left to entertainment channels: CEC | Stage set
Agencies | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2012 06:19 PM IST

A day ahead of the counting of votes in the five assembly states that went to polls this year, important political parties in the states are in the process of making strategy for their next move. The situation in the important state of Uttar Pradesh is reflected in the statements made by political parties in the state.

The ruling BSP has rubbished the exit polls. Sources said the chief minister told the ministers and office bearers that the exit polls, which showed that BSP was in for a big defeat, were fake and a figment of imagination.

"The surveys were carried out on the direction of the rival political parties to demean BSP and to create confusion among the public," she said.

"The BSP will regain power again," Mayawati said and added, "the work done by the BSP government was appreciated by the common man. The people voted for the BSP in the assembly election and we are going to form a government on our own."

The chief minister also said, "after getting the victory certificate from the district election officer on March 6, all the party MLAs would come to the state unit office."

However, Mayawati last night took the decision to go for dissolution of the 15th Vidhan Sabha once the assembly election results are announced on March 6. The Cabinet by circulation approved the chief minister's decision.

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party on Monday said it was hopeful of getting a majority in Uttar Pradesh and party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav will become the next chief minister.

"We have a done a lot of hard work to ensure the success of the party and are hopeful of getting majority," SP state president Akhilesh Yadav told reporters.

Asked about the chief ministerial candidate of the party, Akhilesh said that 'netaji' (Malayam Singh Yadav) was everyone's choice. "The elected legislators will decide, who will be the next CM. I think netaji is everyone's choice and will become the CM," he said.

About post-poll alliances, Yadav said that the situation would become clear after the counting and his party. On Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma's comment pitching for support to BSP, Yadav said that it was his views and his party has to decide on it.

The Congress Party is also confident of getting majority on its own in the state. Party leader Digvijaya Singh speaking to TV channels said that Congress would get more than 200 seats. However, another party leader Beni Prasad Verma said on Sunday that in case Congress needs to join hands to form a govt it should ally with BSP rather than Samajwadi Party.

Meanwhile, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former chief minister Rajnath Singh on Monday admitted that his party may not be in a position to form the next government in the state. Singh said while the BJP was set to improve its tally in the 403-member assembly, it would fall short of coming to power.

"The results would be bright for the BJP and there is no doubt about it, we fought to get a majority, but yes, candidly speaking, it appears to me that we might fall short of the numbers required to form the government," Singh told IANS on the phone.

Whatever statements parties make numbers will decide the future course for each party and that will be known on Tuesday.

UP hung, Cong edge in two states, say exit polls


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