Wednesday, March 7, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Mayawati quits as Uttar Pradesh leader after poll loss

7 March 2012 Last updated at 08:58 GMT

Mayawati quits as Uttar Pradesh leader after poll loss

India's Dalit icon Mayawati has quit as the chief minister of Uttar
Pradesh state after her party's poor showing in crucial assembly

She said as the results did not favour her party, she had recommended
to the governor to dissolve the assembly.

In Delhi, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi vowed to "correct the mistakes"
that led to her party's dismal performance.

Congress had disappointing results in three other states, winning a
clear majority only in Manipur.

These polls are seen as a litmus test for national elections due by 2014.

The Samajwadi Party took 224 seats out of the 403 in Uttar Pradesh
legislative assembly, while Congress languished in the fourth slot
with 28. Ms Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party was a distant second with
80 seats.
'Cold storage'

On Wednesday, Ms Mayawati blamed all her political opponents - the
Congress party, Bharatiya Janata Party and Samajwadi Party - and
journalists for her loss.

"The new Samajwadi Party government will put all development and
welfare programmes in cold storage and take the state back several
years in time," she said.

"Very soon the voters will get disillusioned with the functioning
style of the Samajwadi government and remember our good governance,"
she added.
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Uttar Pradesh: Total seats: 403. Samajwadi Party 224; Bahujan
Samaj Party 80; BJP 47; Congress 28
Punjab: Total seats: 117. Akali Dal 56; BJP 12; Congress 46
Uttarakhand: Total seats 70. Congress: 32 BJP 31
Goa: Total seats: 40. BJP 21 Congress: 9
Manipur: Total seats: 60. Congress: 42. Others: 18

Ms Mayawati said she was confident her party would be voted back to
power in the next election.

In Delhi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi addressed a rare press
conference after meeting her party leaders.

"We will have to sit down and look at the situation and the results in
every single state and together work out a plan to correct the
mistakes we have made," she said.

Mrs Gandhi said the reasons behind the party's poor showing could be many.

"Our organisation is weak in Uttar Pradesh, our candidate choice was
one of the reasons, inflation could be another," she said.

Mrs Gandhi, however, said that the results would "not damage the
Congress party-led government" and it was premature to talk about
general elections as they were due only in 2014.

The Samajwadi Party's legislative board is meeting in Lucknow to elect
the new chief minister.

Mulayam Singh Yadav, the 72-year-old-leader of the party, is expected
to lead the government in the state.

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