Lucknow, March 6:Â India’s most populous state voted out Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and voted in Mulayam Singh Yadav and his SP for a fourth term in office with a triumphant mandate of over 221 seats in the 403-member house.
The Congress, which tied up with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), trailed a sorry fourth with a combined tally of 37 seats. The BJP came up third with an estimated 50 seats.
Samajwadi Party needs a figure of 202 seats in the House to form the government.
BSP, which won majority in the 2007 assembly polls with 206 seats, has won 57 seats and is leading in 22 seats. Others have won nine and are ahead in six.
Expressing gratitude towards the electorate, SP state president Akhilesh Yadav said the party was expecting to gain majority in the state.
â€œWe are grateful to the people…they believed whatever the SP said,â€ he said, adding that promises made in the party manifesto would be implemented.
On the question of meeting of MLAs, he said it would be decided by netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav).
On â€˜goondarajâ€™, Akhilesh said that whosoever indulges in such activities would be removed from the party and stern action would be taken.
Meanwhile, Peace Party, which as per the trends is likely to won a couple of seats with its allies, said that it would help in formation of the government.
â€œWhichever party will form the government we will help in its formation. If SP is in a position to form the government we will take a positive stand,â€ Peace Party national general secretary M J Khan said.
Among prominent candidates BJP vice-president Kalraj Mishra in Lucknow East, Uma Bharati in Charkhari, Shivpal Singh Yadav in Jaswantnagar, Congress state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi were leading, whereas BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi in Pathardeva and Vidhan Sabha speaker Sukhdeo Rajbhar were trailing.
Wife of Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Louis Khurshid is trailing and was placed fourth after four rounds of counting.
In bastion of the Nehru-Gandhi family Amethi, Congress is trailing in two of the five seats, whereas in Rae Bareli the party is trailing in all five seats.
In the SP stronghold Etawah, the party is leading in all three seats.
In the state capital where BJP had been dominating from more than a decade, SP was leading in North, West and Mohanlalganj seats, cabinet minister Nakul Dubey in Bakshi ka Talab seat and Nationalist Communist Party in Malihabad.
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