Power of Holi? Crushing poll defeat fails to mar Akhilesh’s celebrations

On Monday, Akhilesh Yadav celebrated Holi in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh.

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Lucknow, March 13: Call it the power of Holi--the festival of colours--or human will for survival, former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was back in public space after a crushing defeat in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on Monday. According to ANI, Akhilesh celebrated Holi in Etawah, once considered the SP's bastion. The SP president was seen smiling and talking with party workers during the celebrations. His face was also covered in various colours of festivities.

In the 403-member UP Assembly, Akhilesh's Samajwadi Party managed to get just 47 seats, while his alliance partner, the Congress, got just seven seats. The result of the UP Assembly elections, declared on Saturday, was one of the SP's worst defeats. The Bharatiya Janata Party came out with flying colours by scoring 325 seats. Many say Akhilesh's defeat was because of his decision to align with the Congress. Others feel that the family feud before the elections resulted in the SP's defeat.

Akhilesh Yadav

The win in UP has bolstered Prime Minister Narendra Modi's image as country's most power leader. The assembly elections in UP and four other states--Manipur, Goa, Uttarakhand and Punjab--were a litmus test for both the BJP and the Congress. However, it was the BJP which is all set to form government in four states, except for Punjab--where the Congress managed to win 77 seats out of 117. 

The BJP fought the assembly polls under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. The 'unprecedented' victory of the BJP is credited to PM Modi and his colleague and BJP president Amit Shah. "Greetings on the festival of colours, Holi. May the festival spread joy & warmth everywhere," PM Modi tweeted on Monday.

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