New Delhi: The
Samajwadi Party seems to be on the verge of forming the next government in
the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections. Going by a STAR News-Nielsen Exit
poll, the party is just 19 seats short of the 202 seats needed to form the
The Congress has suffered the biggest setback major setback and the party
has a number of lessons to learn in the event of this prediction coming
Even though the party’s seat share has increased by three times,
however, in comparison to the 2009 Assembly Elections the party has lost
40 seats. Rahul was to have worn the victory crown but will now have to
transfer the burden of his loss to Digvijay Singh and other party leaders.
One section in the party will now become vocal that the Gandhi
scion has not been able to work his magic and hence the idea of projecting
him as a future prime ministerial candidate must be reviewed. It is quite
plausible that the ‘Bring Priyanka back slogan’ might again be mooted.
It was Rahul who decided to form a coalition with Ajit Singh.
However, the Congress was not able to reap the fruits of this strategy.
The move is bound to raise questions on Rahul’s coalition politics and
Even though Rahul Gandhi’s personal
prestige has taken a beating, however, the Manmohan Singh government might
still gain from the assembly election results. Mayawati will have to
continue her support to the Centre out of political compulsions. On the
other hand, Mulayam will have to lend unconditional support to the
government at the Centre in return for Congress support in the state. In
such a scenario, the Congress can heave a sigh of relief after Mamata
Banerjee’s relentless pressure.