Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Monday expressed satisfaction at the performance of her party in the Assembly elections.

The increase in the party’s vote share and in the number of seats won by it showed that its support base was increasing. This would enable it to gain in the coming Lok Sabha election and emerge as a strong alternative, she said.

Ms. Mayawati , however, admitted that the traditional voters of the BSP were unsettled by the Congress poll campaign that the Bharatiya Janata Party would benefit from the BSP’s presence in the poll fray. They were caught in two minds, she said. Simultaneously, the new voters of the BSP supported the Congress, fearing that the gainer would be the BJP.

Had the Congress and the BJP launched a campaign against her party, the BSP would have emerged as a balancing power in the four States, she claimed.

From 5.76 per cent vote share in the 2003 Delhi polls, the percentage now was about 12 per cent, in addition to the two seats won by the party. In Madhya Pradesh, the party won two seats in 2003 with a vote share of 7.26. This time it won seven seats and the vote share was about 11 per cent. In Rajasthan, it won two seats with a vote percentage of 3.97 in 2003 polls. This time, it won six seats and its share of votes was about 8 per cent, she pointed out.

While the number of seats won by the party in Chattisgarh in 2003 was two, this time it has got two (recounting of votes in two seats was underway).

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