New Delhi: Samajwadi
Party appears set to rule Uttar Pradesh after dethroning Mayawati,
according to official trends of vote counting in five states in the
Assembly elections which also indicate that Akali Dal-BJP combine might
retain Punjab while Congress Manipur.
Goa is set to see a change
of government with BJP ousting Congress and Uttarakhand witnessing a neck
and neck race between ruling BJP and opposition Congress.
Singh-led SP was in majority in 206 seats, in which the ruling BSP has
been reduced to 89 from 206 it held in the outgoing House.
the revival of whose fortunes Mulayam Singh's son Akhilesh Yadav is said
to have played a major role, is emerging the single largest party, inches
away from forming the government.
It may not need the support of
parties like Congress which is leading in 34 seats, up from 22. The BJP is
ahead in 52 seats while Congress ally RLD is ahead in 11. 'Others' are
ahead in 16 seats.
The shock for Congress came from Punjab, which
it was widely expected to wrest from Akali Dal-BJP combine. The ruling
coalition has won 16 seats and was ahead in 49 of the 117 seats, five more
than simple majority.
However, the hill-state of Uttarakhand
appeared to be a cliff-hanger with BJP and Congress equally placed.
was ahead in 30 seats while BJP has won one seat and was ahead in 29
seats. BSP was leading in four seats while MGP was ahead in one seat.
appeared to oust Congress from power in Goa as it hs won eight seats and
was leading in four while its partner MGP has won one seat.
won four seats and leading two while its ally NCP was leading in one.
'Others' won four seats and were leading in three.
as the only solace for the Congress as it is set to return to power for
the third consecutive term.
Congress won 11 seats and was leading
in six while LJP and Trinamool Congress won one seat each. Naga People's
Front had won two and was leading in one.
-With inputs from Press Trust of India