Uttar Pradesh cabinet has passed a resolution recommending dissolution of
the 403-member assembly here late Sunday.
The decision was taken
after the chief minister's office got signatures of all cabinet ministers
appended to such a resolution. There was no formal cabinet meeting.
preponing of the constitutional obligation took many by surprise, as the
outgoing government usually passes such a resolution only after the poll
results are out.
Once such a resolution is passed and signed by
the chief minister, it is taken to the governor for approval and issuance
of notification declaring dissolution of the state assembly.
move assumes significance, as most polls have given a lead to the
Samajwadi Party (SP) suggesting that the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) could
well be voted out of power in India's most populous state.
seventh and final round of staggered balloting here ended Saturday, with a
record voting by 60 percent of its 127 million voters in 10 districts and
The exit polls have largely predicted a hung
assembly in the state, with the SP emerging as the single largest party,
and the ruling BSP being reduced to a two digit strength.
maintaining a studied silence for the last two days on exit polls outcome,
the BSP has said it would "make it comfortably to power".
exit pollsters would eat humble pie when election results would be out,"
state BSP president Swami Prasad Maurya told IANS Sunday.
for the seven-phased election will be counted Tuesday.