Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Won't let BJP to run UP if there's no victor: Akhilesh

Won't let BJP to run UP if there's no victor: Akhilesh

The final answers, of course, are waiting for us on 11 March.

The Election Commission has said a 100-metre area around a counting centre should be demarcated as a pedestrian zone and no vehicles should be allowed within this perimeter.

Even as most exit polls released on March 9 predictably placed the BJP in position, or with the best chance to, form the next government in Uttar Pradesh, a confident UP Chief Minister and Samajwadi President Akhilesh Yadav told BBC News that the SP-Congress alliance would comfortably win the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

Four exit polls conducted on the people's mandate in the country's largest legislative Assembly (403 seats) have predicted huge gains for the BJP in UP, but even it will fall short of a clear majority.

Yesterday, Samajwadi Party leader Ravidas Malhotra also regretted the party's alliance with the Congress and said that the ruling party hasn't benefitted at all from the alliance. Others to secure eight seats.

The IndiaToday-Axis poll, however, gave the BJP a comfortable majority of 251-279 seats.

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Though the BJP had won 177 seats, Congress and Janata Dal extended support to the SP-BSP alliance, which resulted in the anointment of Mulayam Singh Yadav as the Chief Minister of the state. It sees BSP in third with 90 seats.

He said the BJP was a bigger rival than the BSP. With a picture of the Bihar exit polls, the BSP has tweeted, "Behenji aa rahi hai".

BSP leader Mayawati became the chief minister for the first six months but later broke the alliance throwing the state into political turmoil once again.

She simply said her party would get enough seats to form the next government - she did not reject the idea out of hand.

Since PM Modi himself spearheaded the BJP campaign, its victory will put a final stamp on the popularity of PM Modi and the approval of his policies - especially demonetisation - by masses.

Does this remark imply an admission of defeat from the Chief Minister? He said that alliance with Congress didn't make a huge difference.

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