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Victory in ZP chiefs? poll peps up CM

TAKING A dig at the Opposition for their poor show in the zila panchayat chiefs? elections, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today claimed an overwhelming victory for the Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal combine and declared that this performance would improve in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2006 01:30 IST

TAKING A dig at the Opposition for their poor show in the zila panchayat chiefs’ elections, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today claimed an overwhelming victory for the Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal combine and declared that this performance would improve in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections.

"We will better our performance in the Vidhan Sabha polls that are due a year after,” said the Chief Minister, who appeared in a jovial mood because of the poll outcome. The poll results proved that the popularity graph of the Samajwadi Party was going up because of the pro-people policies of the government, he said while talking to the media at his 5-Kalidas Marg residence here.

The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, that had been raising much hue and cry over the polls, were no where to be seen, he said.

“They may not be ashamed of their performance. We are ashamed on their performance,” the Chief Minister said adding the parties indulging in big talks had to eat a humble pie in the zila panchayat chiefs’ polls.

Chief Minister targeted Congress president Sonia Gandhi and BJP chief Rajnath Singh for the poor show of both the parties. “Sonia may not be having time for such small elections,” he said asking about the role of other Congress leaders, thus hinting at UPCC president Salman Khurshid.

In a sarcastic tone he said the BJP president had sat on dharna in Varanasi but the party was nowhere to be seen in the polls there. BJP’s show has been poor even in Chandauli, the home district of Rajnath Singh, the CM said.

The CM said the SP-RLD combine won on 53 zila panchayat chiefs’ posts in 69 districts. The Samajwadi Party had already won 45 seats while it was expected to win three more seats, he said adding the RLD candidates secured victory on five seats. This was in sharp contrast to everybody’s expectations and results of 1995 when the SP, though in power, had won barely 28 seats, he said.

The BJP had won a single seat by default, he said adding the BSP and the Congress had contested the Rae Bareli seat jointly. About the Rampur seat (home district of Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Azam Khan), Yadav said a SP rebel had won the seat.

Asked to comment on the charges of irregularities, the Chief Minister said no party had so far reacted on the issue. The CM said he was grateful to the media for criticising his government in panchayat polls. “This helped us in improving our performance,” he said.