Don't write us off yet, assert SP leaders

Don't write us off yet, assert SP leaders

Even as BJP president Amit Shah said the trend post the first phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh showed that the contest in 73 seats was between his party and the BSP, SP leaders refused to “boast” to avoid sharp polarisation.

It is a BJP ploy to divide the Muslim votes by sending a message that BSP was doing better than the SP-Congress alliance, argued SP leaders. 

An SP leader said it would be wrong to write off the state ruling party just on the basis of the first phase of polling. The BSP had done well in the first phase in the 2012 polls, but it was Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who got a decisive mandate. Of the 73 seats, the BSP and SP had clinched 24 seats each, but the Dalit party stood second in more than two dozen seats, he stated.

With campaigning for the second phase ending on Monday, two days ahead of the next round of polling, SP sources claimed that as the election rolls on and enters Yadav land in the third and fourth phases, the ruling party’s prospects would brighten.

The SP, which is contesting the polls in alliance with the Congress, is expected to do well on Mulayam’s home turf of Etawah-Mainpuri and adjoining 67 districts covered under the third phase.

The SP’s lead in the last Assembly polls, which helped it form the government, was due to its performance in 67 seats in western Uttar Pradesh, spread across 11 districts such as Saharanpur, Bijnor, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit and Shahjahanpur.

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