SP-BSP alliance will contest elections together in UP

SP-BSP alliance will contest elections together in Uttar Pradesh

Will contest 38 seats each in Lok Sabha polls 

Finally the SP-BSP alliance declared today in Lucknow for upcoming Lok Sabha Polls in UP. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav announced their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, sharing 38 seats each out of the state’s 80 parliamentary constituencies.

SP-BSP alliance

The parties kept the Congress out of the alliance, but said they will not field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The alliance left two more seats for smaller allies.

SP-BSP alliance
SP-BSP alliance

Making the announcement at a joint press conference with SP president Akhilesh Yadav here, BSP chief Mayawati said that the alliance will rob Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of their sleep.

“The BJP taught us how to do ginti (arithmetic),” said Mr. Yadav on Friday, claiming that despite having a superior record on development, his party had lost out on the arithmetic.

The parties kept the Congress out of the alliance, but said they will not field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The alliance left two more seats for smaller allies

A result of this strategy was seen in Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Kairana where the BJP lost its in by-polls as the grand-alliance tested waters successfully.

Mr. Yadav said the number of alliances stitched up by the BJP to win elections had gone unnoticed. The proximity between the two old rivals, the SP and BSP, started soon after the drubbing in the 2017 Assembly election in which the BJP and its allies secured 325 seats out 403.

The BJP played down the potential of the SP-BSP alliance, with CM Yogi Adityanath calling it a “desperate attempt to save their existence.” “Public knows the truth and they will give the reply when time comes,” he said.


Modi tsunami rocks in UP,BJP gets close to 325 seats

Uttar Pradesh election results 2017: Modi tsunami rocks Akhilesh-Rahul boat, BJP gets close to 325 mark



Modi wave has blown away the Samajwadi Party-Congress’ boat in which Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi floated their hopes.

The BJP has won more than 320 seats in 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly. The ruling Samajwadi Party has suffered a crushing defeat.

Proving wrong fears of a hung assembly, the BJP is set to sweep back to power in Uttar Pradesh after 15 long years, giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi his biggest victory after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Powered by an aggressive campaign spearheaded by Modi, BJP candidates were on the road to victory in a whopping 322 of the 403 constituencies

The imminent victory triggered widespread celebrations all across the country’s most populous state as well as at the BJP headquarters in Delhi.

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As the Samajwadi Party, the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) licked their wounds, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called the win in Uttar Pradesh bigger than the 2014 victory.

“It is a tectonic shift in Indian politics,” Prasad said adding, “UP is a laboratory of India. Demonetisation has worked and we are proud of Modi’s leadership. It is a bigger victory than the 2014 win in the Lok Sabha election.”


BJP candidates led in all major cities in particular, including in five of the eight seats in Lucknow, eight of the 10 seats in Kanpur, nine of the 12 seats in Allahabad and seven of the eight seats in Varanasi, Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

Even in Amethi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha seat, the BJP’s Garima Singh had forged ahead.

BJP president Amit Shah announced in his press conference in New Delhi that of 10 seats in Raebareli and Amethi, the party candidates were on the winning course


The Samajwadi-Congress alliance was in the lead in 77 constituencies while the BSP was gasping in just 19 seats.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is set to resign, said that he worked hard and his party’s vote-share also improved in some areas but the results were not in his favour.

“People got swayed by misleading propaganda,” Akhilesh said adding, “I will want see how do they better the work done by the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh.”

On its part, the Congress leaders expressed shock.



“It is a monumental setback. We are disappointed with Uttar Pradesh,” Congress spokesman Sanjay Jha said. Added Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit, whose mother and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was originally to be the Congress Chief Ministerial candidate: “Our party is looking confused.”


In contrast, BJP leaders were jubilant.

Commenting on the poor show by SP-Congress and Mayawati’s BSP, BJP MP Yogi Adityanath said, “Good work done by the Modi government and (BJP President) Amit Shah’s strategy has paid dividends. People have rejected the politics of appeasement and discrimination.”

The BJP began taking strong leads right from the start of the counting and it became clear within an hour that it was set to comfortably take power in Uttar Pradesh.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “The victory goes to Modi for his hard work, for his vision, for his pro-poor agenda. He is the first Prime Minister in contemporary times who really worked for the poor.”

Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said, “For the first time we are seeing people rising above caste in Uttar Pradesh. The voters have moved a step ahead of politicians.”



Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned out to be the biggest trump card for the BJP. He campaigned hard, tirelessly and relentlessly. While the SP, Congress and BSP attacked Modi over demonetisation and attempts to polarise the Uttar Pradesh election, the Prime Minister countered the arguments by accusing them of shielding the corrupt.

Even though he raked up the issues like discrimination on religious grounds against Akhilesh Yadav by referring to Kabristan and Shamshaan, Modi sought support from voters in the name of development.

Mulayam Singh Yadav


Modi succeeded in convincing people of Uttar Pradesh that a BJP government with full majority will work in better coordination with the Centre for bringing development and creating jobs in the state.

The infighting in Samajwadi Party and limited caste-appeal of Mayawati also helped BJP perform better. The BJP countered the caste-base of these two parties by focusing on non-Yadav OBCs and non-Jatav Dalits during the election.

Top BJP leaders including Modi, Amit Shah and several cabinet ministers camped for three days in Varanasi. Modi addressed plethora of rallies and held back-to-back road shows in Varanasi, his own constituency. This gave final impetus to the BJP cadre and supporters.

The counting of votes only reflected the hard work put in Modi-Shah team.




-March 11, 2017,New Delhi






Hard work is more powerful than Harvard : Modi

Hard work is more powerful than Harvard : Narendra Modi

Modi’s remark comes against the backdrop of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen’s comment that demonetization is a “despotic action that has struck at the root of economy based on trust.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said, “ Hard work is more powerful than Harvard” as the latest GDP data shows demonetisation did not affect growth rate, rather the figures improved.

Hard work, microstat“On the one hand are those [critics of note ban] who talk of what people at Harvard say, and on the other is a poor man’s son, who through his hard work, is trying to improve the economy,” he said at an election meeting in Maharajganj.

“In fact, hard work is much more powerful than Harvard” he said.

Mr. Modi’s remark came against the backdrop of Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen terming demonetisation a “despotic action that has struck at the root of economy based on trust.”

On February 28, the government pegged the GDP growth at a higher than expected 7.1% for 2016-17, despite the cash blues, which was higher than China’s 6.8% for October-December period of 2016, making India retain the tag of the world’s fastest growing economy.

On the electoral politics in Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Modi said the electorate had ensured the BJP’s victory in the first five phases and now they would give surplus votes as “gift and bonus” in the remaining two rounds.

“I request the voters of the State to give the rest of the two phases as bonus to the party. This is similar to the chillies and coriander leaves, which the vegetable seller gives to the buyer as bonus,” he said drawing applause from the crowd.

A few days back, the Prime Minister spoke of the possibility of a hung Assembly in the State, saying that the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party were waiting for such an opportunity for bargaining. This prompted Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to comment that after dreaming of 300-plus seats, Mr. Modi is now talking about a fractured verdict.


Mulayam Singh will campaign for Shivpal first

UP elections 2017: Mulayam Singh will campaign for Shivpal first and not Akhilesh

UP elections 2017: Mulayam Singh will campaign for Shivpal first and not Akhilesh

Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav announced that he will first campaign for his brother Shivpal Yadav and then for son and Uttar Pradesh Chief MinisterAkhilesh Yadav.

According to reports, Mulayam will start my campaign for Shivpal from February 9 from Jaswantnagar.

In a shock move, Shivpal Yadav, who has apparently left stung after Election Commission’s decision to allot the bicycle symbol in Akhilesh’s favour, had on January 31 announced that he would form a new political party after March 11, the day election results of five states would be declared.

Shivpal, a four-time MLA from Jaswantnagar, is a nominee from the same seat.

“I will campaign for Akhilesh later,” ANI quoted Mulayam Singh as saying.

Earlier, Mulayam had expressed his displeasure over Congress-SP alliance and had ruled out to campaign for his son Akhilesh Yadav in the run up to the state Assembly elections.

Shivpal, who filed his nomination papers on the Samajwadi Party’s ticket from Jaswantnagar, said that he would be campaigning for those denied tickets by Akhilesh.

Shivpal also highlighted the work done by his ministry. “We ran the government for five years, was my ministry’s performance inferior to others,” he said.

Hours after the news of alliance between Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party newly elected president Akhilesh Yadav came up, Mulayam claimed that the party could win the elections on its own and that the “SP-Congress alliance wasn’t needed”.

He also blamed Akhilesh for agreeing to concede at least 105 out of total 403 seats to the Congress as part of the seat-sharing agreement.

Akhilesh had too expressed his hopes that his father Mulayam would campaign for the alliance.

“I am sure Mulayam Singh Yadav will campaign for us,” he told media.

Uttar Pradesh will go to assembly elections on February 11 and counting of votes will begin on March 11.

-February 3, 2017, Lucknow


BJP may bag 206-216 seats in Assembly elections

BJP set to win Uttar Pradesh, may bag 206-216 seats in Assembly elections

BJP set to win Uttar Pradesh, may bag 206-216 seats in Assembly elections: Survey

A pre-poll survey on Wednesday predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will emerge as the single largest party in Uttar Pradesh in the seven-phase Assembly elections.

The survey, conducted by India Today-Axis in October and December last year, shows an increase in BJP’s vote share from 31 percent in October (before note ban) to 33 percent in December.

In 2012 Assembly polls, the BJP had a 15 percent vote share. It had bagged 47 seats.

Also, demonetisation move seems to have had no impact on voters.

As for seats, the BJP may get 206-216 seats as per the opinion poll in the 403-member UP Assembly.

On the other hand, the ruling Samajwadi Party is likely to get a vote share of 26 percent in the latest survey and may emerge as the two party with 92-97 seats.

Meanwhile, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) might win 79-85 seats.

The Congress is likely to get six percent vote share as per the survey and win only 5-9 seats.

Other parties in UP like Rashtriya Lok Dal, Apna Dal and the Left may win 7-11 seats.

Interestingly, Akhilesh Yadav emerged as the choice for the next CM with 33 percent of those surveyed wanting him to come back power.

Also Read – 7-phase polls in UP, 2-phase in Manipur, single phase in Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand; counting on March 11

Assembly elections in UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur will be held between February 4 and March 8.

While polling will be spread over seven phases in Uttar Pradesh, it will be a one-day affair in Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa, and a two-day exercise in Manipur.

In UP polls will be held on February 11 (73 constituencies), February 15 (67 constituencies), February 19 (69), February 23 (53), February 27 (52), March 3 (49) and March 8 (40).

Counting of votes will be taken up together in all the states on March 11, the Election Commission announced today.

-January 4, 2017, New Delhi



UP CM Akhilesh sacks Shivpal and other ministers

UP CM Akhilesh sacks Shivpal and other ministers

In a major decision amid the ongoing family feud, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday dealt a severe blow to his uncle Shivpal Yadav, sacking him from the State cabinet. Three other ministers-cabinet ministers Narad Rai and Om Prakash Singh, and MoS Shadab Fatima-were also sacked.

Controversial Minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati was also sacked. He had been sacked earlier by Akhilesh but had to be brought back to the cabinet on insistence of Mulayam.UP CM

Mr. Yadav took the drastic step after a meeting with State MLAs and MLCs at his official residence in Lucknow. Shivpal Yadav and some MLAs loyal to him were not invited.

He had convened the meeting a day before SP chief Mulayam Singh is scheduled to hold a crucial meeting with party legislators, former MPs and MLAs, candidates and block heads, in indicating of the seriousness of the feud.

The MLAs who attended Mr. Yadav’s meeting said he told them anybody close to Amar Singh had no place in his cabinet.

Earlier in the day, SP general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Ramgopal Yadav wrote a one-page letter to party workers endorsing Akhilesh as the future of party. In a hand-written note released at 6 am with a dateline Mumbai, Mr. Ramgopal appealed his “dear colleagues” to ensure that a State government was formed under the leadership of his nephew. He said those supporting Akhilesh were “positive” while his detractors were “negative.” A cousin of Mulayam Singh, Mr. Ramgopal also distinguished between those supporting Akhilesh, saying they had “spilled blood for the party and made great sacrifices,” from those in the rival camp, alleging they had “minted crores and misused power.”

“Those opposing Akhilesh will not be able to see the face of the Vidhan Sabha. The Rath Yatra is the noose in the rival’s neck…Don’t get perturbed, don’t be jolted. Where Akhilesh is, victory follows,” Mr. Ramgopal wrote.

Mr. Shivpal’s sacking comes a day after a close aide of Akhilesh Yadav, MLC Udayveer Singh was expelled from the Samajwadi Party, a few days after he shot off a stinging letter to party boss Mulayam Singh accusing his second wife of hatching a conspiracy against the Chief Minister.

Mr. Udayveer Singh had earlier this week also announced that he along with other Mr. Akhilesh loyalists would boycott the SP’s silver celebrations on November in protest of the expulsion of many of their colleagues by Mr. Mulayam and Mr. Shivpal.

Mr. Udayveer Singh was expelled from the SP for six years for indulging in “anti-party activities,” “indiscipline” and “working against the principles and polices” of the party, said Deepak Mishra, SP spokesperson and close aide of Shivpal Yadav.

The resolution against the young MLC was passed unanimously in the party’s state executive meeting held here, where his “objectionable, undignified and derogatory remarks” against the party supremo were “condemned,” Mr. Mishra said. A resident of Firozabad, Mr. Udayveer Singh, an M.Phil degree holder from JNU, is among Akhilesh Yadav’s most trusted men. The two went to the same school in Dholpur. Soon after Mr. Akhilesh Yadav earlier this week announced that he would start the party’s campaign on his own with a rath yatra on November 3, Mr. Udayveer wrote a four-page note to Mulayam Singh alleging that his second wife Sadhna Gupta was conspiring against Akhilesh due to personal envy.

The letter also mentions the use of black magic against Akhilesh Yadav by his step-mother. Though she remained “behind the scenes,” Shivpal Yadav acted as her “political front,” Mr. Udayveer wrote. In the strongly-worded letter, the MLC cited several reasons for the ongoing feud in the family, including wrong advice and feedback to Mulayam about Akhilesh, conspiracy within the family and personal envy against Akhilesh further fermented by outsiders like Amar Singh.

While asking Mulayam to clarify on his political successor, Mr. Udayveer also demanded that Akhilesh Yadav be made the party’s national president so that there was no room for speculations or doubt. He should not just be a face but also needs to be empowered to take political decisions, the MLC argued.

Reacting to his expulsion, Mr. Udayveer said he had no regrets and expressed loyalty to Akhilesh Yadav. “I stand by what I wrote,” he said, adding that he was upset not over his sacking but by the fact that the “truth” was being kept away from Mulayam. Sources said the expulsion had shocked and further confused the SP cadre and leaders in the Akhilesh camp.

His sacking comes at a critical time when the SP supremo is trying a fire fight a seemingly unending family feud, involving himself, his younger brother, cousin and son. Last month Mr. Shivpal had dealt a severe blow to Akhilesh after he sacked seven leaders from his core group—three MLCs and four heads of the party organizations-for protesting his promotion as State president. On Saturday, Mr. Shivpal announced the new top office-bearers of the party’s frontal organizations—the Yuvajan Sabha, minority wing, Mulyam Singh Youth brigade and Lohia Vahini. It came a day after Akhilesh Yadav skipped an important strategy meeting of SP district and city unit presidents called by his uncle. Though the CM met the delegates later at his official residence, it did little to diffuse the tension, even as SP old-timers tried to mediate a thaw to the ongoing crisis.

LUCKNOW, October 23, 2016

32% feel BJP will form next government in UP

32% feel BJP will form next government in Uttar Pradesh 

32% feel BJP will form next government in Uttar Pradesh in 2017: Survey

Stakes are high for all the major political parties in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

No wonder then the Samajwadi Party, BSP, BJP and Congress are leaving stones un-turned to woo the voters.

Though there is still some time for the polls, as per a recent survey it has emerged that Akhilesh Yadav has emerged as the front-runner for CM post.

On the other hand, the BJP has emerged as the party who majority respondents feel will form the next government in the state.

Following are the findings that have emerged from the ABP News-Cicero poll, which was conducted between 24 and 25 July in 10 constituencies of UP.

Questions were asked to 1000 people.

28 percent said that first choice as UP CM was Akhilesh Yadav, 25 percent said Mayawati, 17 percent said Yogi Adityanath, 6 percent said Keshav Prasad Maurya and 5 percent said Shiela Dikshit.

In the ‘Others’ category there were 8 percent, while 11 percent said ‘Can’t say’.

(The percentage is not vote share. It is response of 1000 respondents.)

Meanwhile, 32 percent of the respondents believed that BJP would form the next government in the state, 26 percent said Samajwadi Party, 24 percent said BSP, 7 percent said Congress, 4 percent said Hung Assembly and 7 percent said ‘Can’t say’.

As for the main issue that that will be given prominence when voters cast their votes, 78 percent said Development, 7 percent Caste, 5 percent Religion, 2 percent Others and 8 percent said ‘Can’t say’.

When asked whether Priyanka Gandhi Vadra can bring Congress back in UP, 19 percent said Yes, 51 percent said No and 30 percent said Can’t say.

-August 3, 2016, Lucknow