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Another crucial moment has arrived for Uttar Pradesh, a state desperately in need of viagra. Mridul Tyagi takes a look at the political chaos and the law and order situation that has just got worse than Jammu and Kashmir
TSI | Issue Dated: May 13, 2007
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One + one = zero In the hard fought elections in Uttar Pradesh, after the speeches and the thunderous applause, political parties seem resigned to the inevitable: a washout or a hung assembly at best and eventually President’s Rule. The obvious denouement is only weeks away in a state that is considered to be the barometre of the political mood in India.

It is apparent that the major parties in the election have failed to deliver. The attempt of the Samajwadi Party to drum up support for its campaign for an “Uttam Pradesh” or its claim that “UP me hai dam”, did not quite pay off in the face of the rampant corruption in the state, combined with the lack of basic facilities for the common man who went to vote.

A change of guard in the state is possibly imminent and seems reinforced by close friends of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav keeping a safe distance from the man they hitherto supported. Surveys conducted by media reveal that the SP would require nothing short of a miracle to win even 100 seats this time.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) say pollsters, could for its part, manage a tally of only 141 in an assembly of 403, which would be far short of a majority. This is an indication that Mayawati’s attempt to work out a combination of Dalit and upper caste votes may have failed to provide the desired results. Among the allegations levelled by party insiders against Mayawati is that the lady is guilty of an error of judgement in so far as ticket distribution is concerned. However, given the positive indication put forth by some television channels, Mayawati’s supporters seem intent on making the best out of the situation arising out of these elections. “Behenji will win the elections and rescue the people from Mulayam’s jungle raj,” the BSP MP from Unnao, Brajesh Pathak, insisted while speaking to TSI.

The attempt of the Congress to woo the voter may have failed, with the party now expected to win just about 40 seats. The BJP’s consolation on the other hand would lie in playing a crucial role in the opposition, provided it wins the 100 to 125 seats that pollsters say it could with the party having gained immensely from the grassroots presence of the RSS. In the murky politics of Uttar Pradesh, it could be the beginning of another turbulent phase in its recent history.
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