All major political parties are now claiming to have swept the poll in the first phase of polling. This is a normal practice in every multi phased elections as it keeps them in the race to form the government.
Mayawati claimed it was a “clean sweep” for BSP in the first phase. She said, “The first phase of UP polls was encouraging for BSP. It was a clean sweep for our party. It’s a positive signal that we are going to form government in the state.” She dubbed as “fake” the surveys and opinion polls that said BSP will not come to power and said that they will be proved wrong as in 2007, when her party got majority.
While, Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav said that the downfall of those who had “befooled” the people promising “achche din” has started. Claiming that SP was ahead of rivals in the first phase, Akhilesh said the trend will continue and the alliance will get majority. “We could have got majority alone, but after alliance with Congress we will comfortably win over 300 seats,” Akhilesh said in Badaun.
Similarly, BJP National President Amit Shah declared that “As per the trend of first phase, we will get more than 50 seats (out of 73). In the first two phases we will be getting more than 90 seats (out of total 140). The main rival in these two phases is BSP. In the next phases, the rival will be SP.”
He claimed that issues like payment of cane dues, loans at zero per cent interest to farmers, anti-Romeo squads to check crime against women, and some other key points in BJP manifesto had attracted youths and common people and they were supporting BJP.
The first phase of UP polls in 73 assembly constituencies witnessed 64.22 per cent voter turnout yesterday. Voting will be held in 67 Assembly constituencies spread over 11 districts on February 15.