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UP Council poll results indicate electorate mood - The Observer

Prajnan Bhattacharya ()
January 15, 1998

Title: UP Council poll results indicate electorate mood
Author: Prajnan Bhattacharya
Publication: The Observer
Date: January 15, 1998

The morale boosting majority of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party
In the Uttar Pradesh council elections (through local bodies and
Panchayat Raj institutions) has not only given a clean chit to
the Kalyan Singh-led Government In the State, but also a fair
amount of political mood of the electorate In favour of the BJP.

The elections to the 39 seats were held on January 11, of which
the results of 38 rats were declared on Tuesday. The BJP bagged
major chunk of 24 seats, while its ally, Loktantrik Congress won
a slide seat.

The Samajwadi Party of the Mulayam Singh Yadav managed 11 seats
and the Congress too managed to win one seat. Interestingly the
BSP failed to open its account.

Counting of Pratapgarh seat was delayed because of the re-polling
order by the Election Commission and it is assumed that this seat
may too go in favour of the ruling party as Cabinet Minister Raja
Bhayya alis Raghuraj Pratap Singh belongs to this place and it is
impossible to beat him.

Though the polls were indirect, nevertheless have given a clear
message to the people just before the general elections. The win
would be considered as semi-final victory for the party.

It is a fact that the BJP was not expecting more than 20 seats,
while the Samajwadi Party was quoting a figure more than 25. The
Pradesh Congress Committee however, is shellshocked. The BSP
faired disastrously. Party spokesman D P Bora termed it as
"result of mass rigging, use of official machinery, money and
power".

According to political analysts, the polls were affected by sops
offered by Chief Minister Kalyan Singh four days before the
elections which also resulted in deferring of the polls by 12
days.

The Kalyan Singh cabinet cleared the proposal of the 73rd and
74th Amendment of the Constitution, which meant to empower the
local bodies and the Panchayat Raj institutions. According that
cabinet decision these institutions will get the 11 per cent
share of the total revenue collected by the State Government.

The 100-days performance of the Kalyan Singh Government too have
went in favour of the BJP. The Opposition parties had lodged
complaint to the Election Commission against this cabinet
decision but the deferring, on the contrary, only benefitted the
ruling party, as predicted by everyone.

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said the BJP victory
was the result of money, muscle power and use of official
machinery.

It can be noted that the SP suffered the most as it had 22
outgoing MLAs, followed by the 12 Congress and two BSP and four
others.

The present strength (including the results of 38 declared) is,
BJP - 54, Loktantrik Congress -1, SP - 19 (the party had eight
seats, by virtue of which the leader of Opposition post went to
the Teachers group which had ten seats), BSP - 8, Congress - 3,
BKKP - 1, Janata Dal - 1, CPI-M - 1, Independents 6 and
Pragatishil Dal (a breakaway group of the Samajwadi Party) 2 in
House of 108.

State BJP chief Raj Nath Singh as "the floating votes will now
come to the party and would increase the BJP vote percentage in
the general elections.

He said "Congress ah!, BSP saaf and Samajwadi Party half. Kalyan
Singh jubiliantly stated "the Lok Sabha elections will surprise
you more as the BJP will sweep the polls by improving its tally
this time."


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