Akhilesh Yadav down, but may not be out

Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal

Congratulating the winning party BJP, the SP President said: "I hope the new government will perform better than us".

Driven by the Modi wave, the BJP stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh after 14 years, securing a three-fourths majority. "If BJP government is formed then bad roads, infrastructure and the law and order situation will completely change".

Citing examples from the Sanskrit epic "Mahabharat", Samajwadi Party's two-time ousted leader, Amar Singh broke his silence and lashed out at Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav for failing to retain his chief ministerial position. "His statement reflects his desperation as he stares at the exit polls and he has accepted his defeat".

The family feud, clearly, took its toll on the party which suffered losses in its family strongholds of Etawah, Etah, Auraiyya and Ferozabad. He added that more than 26% of the party workers still stand with Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Accepting the defeat in the politically-crucial Akhilesh on Saturday congratulated the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its victory and said the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance will continue in future.

He refused to put the blame on the outgoing chief minister for the crushing defeat and said "It seems that we were unable to impress the people".

On Akhilesh entering into an alliance with the Congress, Bhagwati claimed it was "never a right decision".

"You all should reach out to people and strengthen the party again". Jaswantnagar, part of Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat, was represented by Mulayam who had won the seat first time in 1967. "Some sycophant youths and bureaucrats misled Akhilesh", said Bakhtawar (72), who has been associated with the Socialist party since 1962 and later had joined Mulayam.

Party insiders said the nature of Akhilesh's role in the party following the shock poll outcome would depend on the 47-odd newly elected legislators.

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