Exit poll predict shatting of Mulayam's hopes of national role
If projections of a landslide win of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh in the exit polls surveys by various TV channels are to be believed, it may very well bring the curtains down for the Samajwadi party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's hopes of making it to the top job in India - the Prime Ministerialship.
Though Mr Yadav is certain to win both parliamentary seats he has contested - Manipuri and Azamgarh- the SP government in UP will be under tremendous pressure once the results are formally announced on May 16.
In January this year, the SP chief addressing a party meeting had cautioned party leaders that if the party fails to win adequate number of seats in Lok Sabha elections, the survival of the state government would become highly untenable even as the party enjoys a clear majority on the floor of the House.
SP chief had then said the party is fully prepared for the Lok Sabha elections and the candidates for all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP have been declared by the party. "Its my elections, I am in the contest in all the 80 seats, so bury the hatchet, devote your all time and energy for the elections as our target is to win maximum number of parliament seats in the state," exhorted Mr Yadav to his party cadres. SP spokesperson Rajendra Choudhury, however, rejected the exit poll results saying, 'it's a manipulation by the corporate media at the behest of the BJP.' "We will wait for the last vote to be counted on May 16 and we are confident that the party will match its tally of seats it won in 2009 Lok Sabha elections and win at least 20 seats", said Reoti Raman Singh, Allahabad MP of SP, who was locked in close contest with Shyama charan Gupta of the BJP.
(Posted on 15-05-2014)