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SP silent on Akhilesh Yadav's future as UP Chief Minister

When asked whether SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's son, Akhilesh Yadav will be made the chief minister, party leader Shahid Siddiqui said the question was "still open".

March 04, 2012 / 06:28 PM IST

While the CNN-IBN-The Week exit polls have predicted a victory for the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, the party seems to be in no mood to let out its chief ministerial candidate's name.


When asked whether SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's son, Akhilesh Yadav will be made the chief minister, party leader Shahid Siddiqui said the question was "still open".


"It (Akhilesh Yadav becoming the chief minister) is an open question," said Siddiqui. He added, "Akhliesh Yadav can, of course, become the CM... He has got all the talent and all the support of the people. But it always is an open question... Decisions are not taken pre-poll... They are taken post-poll and they should be taken post-poll as we believe in some kind of democracy."


In what is most likely to be one of its biggest electoral victories in UP in the last 20 years, the SP is bound to surprise by garnering an impressive 34% of the votes in the Assembly elections 2012. The CNN-IBN-The Week post-poll survey conducted by CSDS said that a vote-share of 34% for the SP would mean the party will steer clear of its rivals and remain ahead by an unprecedented 10% of the total votes polled in UP.


In the four-cornered battle for UP, other parties are far behind the SP in terms of vote share. The survey said the BSP might have a vote share of 24% as opposed to 30% in 2007, BJP 14% as opposed to 17 in 2007 and the Congress will finish at the fourth position with an estimated 12% vote share compared to 13% in 2007.


Interestingly, Rahul Gandhi, despite the Congress' bad performance in the survey, remains a favourite with the voters. Thirty eight per cent of the voters surveyed said they had more faith in Rahul, as compared to the 21% that said it trusted Akhilesh Yadav more.


Mulayam Singh Yadav was the top choice for the Chief Minister's post with 34% of the voters opting for the SP chief, as opposed to Mayawati (22%) and Rahul Gandhi (8%).


Despite the wave, only 2% of the voters wanted Akhilesh as the CM of the state.

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first published: Mar 4, 2012 01:34 pm

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