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Updated: March 6, 2012 19:13 IST

We'll form a government on our own: Akhilesh

    Atiq Khan
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Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh having a word his son and State party president, Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow. File photo
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Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh having a word his son and State party president, Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow. File photo

Exuding confidence, Akhilesh, son of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh, said on Monday that the party would be able to form a government on its own, given the hard work put in by its workers. He, however, made it clear that “Netaji” — the name by which Mulayam Singh is popularly referred to — would be the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing journalists in Lucknow, Mr. Akhilesh said: “the name of the leader will be decided by the legislature party… Netaji is the popular choice.”

“Netaji,” on his part, kept his own counsel on government formation, telling journalists: “I will speak on March 6.” Of the party leaders he met on Monday was the new general secretary, Anuradha Chaudhary, a recent entrant from the Rashtriya Lok Dal. Almost all senior SP leaders have started arriving in Lucknow ahead of the counting.

Pradesh Congress Committee president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who is also the party's candidate from Lucknow Cantonment, met counting agents and booth-level party workers at her residence through the day. If the Congress was unable to form the government, it would sit in the opposition, she said, a day after rejecting Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma's suggestion that the Congress go in for a tie-up with the Bahujan Samaj Party.

On Monday, with the exit polls placing the Congress at the bottom of the charts, Dr. Joshi was already telling journalists that if the party did not do well, it was she, the State unit and the candidates who would be held responsible, not the party's star campaigner, Rahul Gandhi.

In Delhi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi returned from abroad after undergoing a medical check-up, in time for the declaration of the election results.

The story has been corrected for spelling errors.

Congress has thrown in the towel even before the declaration of the results. Pity the rank and file of the party takes the blame for the ineptitude of the campaign and the star campaigners headed by Rahul, Priyanka and Sonia. The others in any case don't count in the party.

from:  Mani Sandilya
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 07:29 IST

If he is elected it is bad day for democracy because of the vote bank politics card he played successfully. While the majority hindu votes are diveded the muslim votes are decided in mosques and Jamaats and voted en bloc The minority community will get emboldened to extract more concessions as the Congress will be relying on theses small parties to survive in the centre with always threatening Mamta and opprotunist politicians like MK and pawar

from:  ram
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 16:07 IST
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