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BSP set to form government in Uttar Pradesh

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is all set to form the next government in Uttar Pradesh, as trends and results show the party pushing firmly towards securing a majority in the 403-member State Assembly.

Lucknow, May 11 : The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is all set to form the next government in Uttar Pradesh, as trends and results show the party pushing firmly towards securing a majority in the 403-member State Assembly.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav is expected to call on State Governor TV Rajeswar at 3 p.m. to submit his resignation, and pave the way for BSP supremo Mayawati to take charge of governance in the state.

Of the 224 results so far, the BSP has won 113 seats, SP 49, BJP 30 and the Congress 14. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has congratulated Mayawati on her party's victory in the polls.

Mulayam Singh won from Gunnaur Assembly constituency in Badaon District, defeating his nearest BSP rival Arif Ali by over 30,000 votes. Mulayam Singh is also contesting from Bharthana Assembly seat in Etawah District, the result of which is awaited.

Mulayam Singh's brother Shivpal Singh Yadav emerged victorious from his Jaswant Nagar seat.

Former police officer-turned-politician and husband of Indian Administrative Service officer Neera Yadav, Mahendra Singh Yadav is leading in the Bulandshahr Constituency. Mahendra had left the BJP to join the Samajwadi Party six months ago. He was also a minister in Rajnath Singh Government.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which was hoping to consolidate its position in the state, has come a cropper. The Congress also seemed unlikely to make gains despite a high profile campaign carried out by Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi.

The outcome of UP polls is expected to shape the political direction of the Congress and the BJP ahead of elections in ten states due next year and the general elections in 2009.

Spirits were high and celebrations rife at BSP party units across the state. BSP workers danced, burst crackers and distributed sweets to mark an imminent return to power.

"The regime of political atrocities and corruption has ended. Truth has prevailed with Mulayam Singh's ouster, and BSP is going to form the government now," said Munna, a BSP party worker in Allahabad. JP leaders said they would play a constructive role in the formation of a government only if they attain a respectable tally of seats."We will participate in forming a good, responsible government if we get to a respectable position in the final standings. If not, we would rather sit in the Opposition. It would be too early to comment on trends so far. We are satisfied we have got over a hundred seats," Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP Vice- President told reporters in Lucknow.Congress hailed the victory as a joint success of it and the BSP."It is Mayawati's victory, and it is our victory. Her victory lies in the opportunity she has got to form the government. Our success in the exercise has been the ouster of BJP and the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP). The people' mandate backs our point that the SP government was illegal all along.

To the BJP it is perhaps now clear that the people were never swayed by their communal campaign, with the inflammatory compact disc they circulated and the kinds of statements they made through the campaign," Kapil Sibal, Science and Technology Minister and convenor of the party's poll campaign, said in New Delhi.

ANI

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