'UP ko yeh saath pasand nahi' as SP-Cong alliance fails to create magic

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 11 (ANI): With Uttar Pradesh rejecting the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, it seems that demonetisation has little impact on voters in the politically crucial state as they have voted for development initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's slogan of 'kaam bolta hai' failed to make any impact as even Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav was trailing BJP's Rita Bahuguna Joshi in Lucknow Cantonment as per latest reports.

The Samajwadi Party's attack on the BJP-led Centre's November 8 demonetisation drive also seems to have made no impact.

The Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) were left bruised and battered, with leads in only 65 and 18 seats respectively.

The Samajwadi Party's decision to give the 105 seats to Congress did not work for the party.

In the past 25 years, never has a party so decisively controlled the levers of power in both Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, home to 200 million and the heart of Indian politics.

The BJP's closest contender, the ruling Samajwadi Party, and Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have got about 22 percent votes each.

The Congress, which fought the Uttar Pradesh elections in alliance with the Samajwadi Party, bagged only six percent of the votes.

On the other hand, the BJP polled about 40 percent of the votes.

The party has swept the Uttar Pradesh elections, even though this is two percent lower than the 42 percent it had got in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

On March 9, the day the exit polls were declared, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had exhorted all "secular forces" to come together to keep the "communal" BJP away from power in case there was a hung assembly.

In the 2012 elections, the Samajwadi Party had registered its highest vote share of 29.15 percent of the total votes polled, winning 224 of the total 403 seats.

The Samajwadi Party's traditional rival BSP polled 25.91 percent of the total votes cast, winning 80 seats.

The Congress, which had fought the elections under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, won 28 seats, polling 11.63 percent of votes.

On the other hand, the BJP managed to win just 47 seats, polling only 15 percent of total votes cast.

The Uttar Pradesh outcome seems to be a personal triumph for Prime Minister Narendra Modi who staked his political capital on an election that some had seen as a vote on the November 8 invalidation of high-value bank notes.

If the exit poll outcomes are a true reflection of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election results, SP-Congress' slogan 'UP ko Yeh saath pasand hai' does not seem to have worked for it. (ANI)