|Assembly Elections 2012 - The end of Mayayug in UP|
|News - Politics|
|Written by Tushar Gajjar|
|Tuesday, 06 March 2012 19:06|
Samajwadi Party swept to power by handsomely defeating Congress party and the BJP in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. Mulayam Singh Yadav's party performed really well and the results of the elections are a setback to Rahul Gandhi's Congress. He acknowledged the defeat and took the responsibility as he campaigned for the party in Uttar pradesh.
It was a close call for Congress in Uttarakhand where party emerged as the winner with thin margin over BJP. Congress won 32 seats there while BJP won 31 and 7 seats went to "others". Congress retained power in Manipur with healthy majority as party won 42 out of 60 seats in the state. Congress badly lost Goa to BJP and allies where BJP+ won 24 seats out of 40 and Congress party even failed to win 10 seats. Akali-BJP alliance retained power in Punjab easily as they won 68 out of 117 seats.
Samajwadi Party had an easy win over Bahujan Samajwadi Party as the people of Uttar Pradesh dethroned leader of BSP and Chief Minister Mayawati by giving verdict against her. SP easily got an absolute majority by comfortably crossing the required 202 seats in the 403 member assembly in Uttar Pradesh, state which is considered the 'Political Capital' of India. Samajwadi Party won 224 seats out of 403 and by doing so it came to power for the third time in last two decades in Uttar Pradesh.
The Congress slightly improved its previous tally of 22 seats by winning 28 seats while The BJP performed slightly worse by winning 47 seats this time compared to 51 in last assembly elections.
41-year-old Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary of the Indian National Congress and Chairperson of IYC and NSUI, who extensively campaigned in 207 constituencies in Uttar pradesh quickly acknowledged the defeat of the party and owned responsibility for the defeat in elections. He said it was a very good lesson for him for the future. He told reporters in Delhi that he owns the responsibility for this defeat and further added that this was one of his defeats and he took it in his stride.
Bhartiya Janta Party also failed to retain power in Uttarakhand and its Chief Minister BC Khanduri lost his own seat. The BJP came out of elections looking better than the main rival at national level - INC - in its overall performance in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Goa, still there is lot of work to be done if they want to do well in 2014 general elections in India.
It is not a good news for the national parties in India as the decline of two main national parties, the Congress and the BJP, opens up other possibilities in coalition politics at state as well as national level. New alliances are likely to be formed before the next general elections in India in 2014.
Assembly Election Results:
Assembly Election 2012 Results Live Updates
Uttar PradeshInformation Available: - 403/403
UttarakhandInformation Available: - 70/70
PunjabInformation Available: - 117/117
ManipurInformation Available: - 60/60
GoaInformation Available: - 40/40