BSP supremo Mayawati today alleged that the Centre and the BJP are using the government machinery to target opposition parties and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "crossed all limits" in this regard.
The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh also said that his party will play a crucial role in bringing opposition leaders together. “Aane wale samay mein desh mein jo bhi gathbandan banega, SP usme aham bhoomika nibhayegi (Samajwadi Party will play an important role in a coalition that will be formed in the country),” he said.
All of a sudden this month the nifty Indian invention, the unique electronic voting machines that were hailed to be the harbingers of free and fair elections in India, are being made out to be the villains of the piece.
The election in five states was a referendum on demonetization 3.0 undertaken by the Modi government creating a sharp political divide with the narrative shifting to BJP versus the rest.
After BJP‘s thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, political parties will look for scapegoats. There will likely be voices and concerns raised on how Samajwadi Party, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party went about campaigning for the state election.
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However, the BJP‘s win also spells a hard loss for Bahujan Samaj Party‘s Mayawati, who has been out of politics for 10 years already. Another 5 years from hereon, raises a big question mark over her political future.
The BJP today mocked Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav for alleging that exit polls were "influenced" as it wondered what influenced its president Akhilesh Yadav to talk about an alliance with the BSP.
These elections are widely being seen as a virtual referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation decision and they would also be a test for Yadav who recently took charge as the national president of the Samajwadi Party.
"The Samajwadi Party-Congress combine is set to get absolute majority. We will win 236-240 seats...there is no question of hung assembly," the party general secretary told reporters on Parliament premises.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday hinted at an alliance with BSP's Mayawati post a hung assembly prediction in UP by the various exit polls.
BSP chief Mayawati today alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Varanasi "road-show" yesterday was violative of the election Model Code of Conduct and urged the EC to look into the matter.
On a whirlwind day in his Lok Sabha constituency to rally voters around the BJP in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a road show, offered prayers at two historic temples and paid tributes to Hindutva ideologue Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya today.
Sounding highly confident of the outcome of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in favour of BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the debate is now whether BJP will get two-third or three-fourth majority.
The first four phases of UP polls this time saw voter turnouts of 64 per cent, 65 per cent, 61.16 per cent and 61 per cent respectively. The results will be declared on March 11.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati and Home Minister Rajnath Singh today casted their votes in the third phase of UP elections and claimed that their parties will form the next government.
PM Modi tweeted: "It is second phase elections in UP today. I urge the voters to come out in large numbers and participate in this celebration of democracy. It is the voting day in Uttarakhand. I urge all of the voters to come out in large numbers and vote."
The districts where polling is on amid tight security arrangements are Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun.
As the campaign heats up for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav will hold a road show in Agra, while BJP chief Amit Shah will address a rally in Meerut on Friday.
Speaking exclusively to Network18's Group Editor-in-Chief Rahul Joshi, BJP chief Amit Shah said that the despite the formidable alliance of Congress and Samajwadi Party in UP, the failure of Akhilesh Yadav to ensure rule of law in the state will be his undoing.
Accusing Akhilesh Yadav government of shielding criminals and communal forces, BSP chief Mayawati today said Congress' attempted tie-up with ruling Samajwadi Party showed its political bankruptcy and will be inimical to party which is "running on oxygen support" in Uttar Pradesh.
The filing of nominations for these constituencies started at 11 am, immediately after the notification, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) office here said.
The group led by Akhilesh Yadav is the Samajwadi Party and is entitled to use its name and reserved symbol Bicycle, the three-member Election Commission headed by Nasim Zaidi said in its order.