It's 'hands-up' for Mulayam in Delhi, MP; dissolves party units

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Mulayam Singh Yadav
New Delhi, Dec 9: The Assembly elections in the four states of Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh was a not a jolt for Congress alone, but Mulayam's SP was shattered too.

Extremely disappointed by the SP unit's results in MP and Delhi, party chief Mulayam Singh dissolved them in Madhya Pradesh and Delhi soon after the results were out on Sunday night.

Moreover, it also lost its lone Assembly seats from Rajasthan (Rajgarh Laxmangarh) and Madhya Pradesh (Niwari), it fell face down in terms of votes in Delhi and Chhattisgarh too. None of the party leaders, including Naresh Agarwal, were available for comments, despite their presence in Delhi.

Rajendra Chaudhary, the State unit spokesperson and minister for prison in Akhilesh government blamed it on Congress's poor performance.

The situation was completely different just a few years back in 2008. The SP had contested from 64 seats in Rajasthan where its candidate Surajbhan Dhaka won a seat in the state assembly.

This time, however, the party not only failed to retain the seat, but also lost heavily on the vote share, securing just .396 percent of the votes polled in the constituencies it contested from. Madhya Pradesh was no different.

Unlike in 2008, the SP lost its Newari seat represented by Meera Deepak Yadav, wife of a sitting SP MLA from UP. Furthermore, the votes it earned were nowhere close to the 1.99 per cent of them polled in 187 constituencies.

Fielding 27 candidates out of 70 seats, the Samajwadi Party had pinned its hopes on the support of Other Backward Classes and Muslims. He had hoped to win at least seven seats in Delhi. However, all efforts by the Akhilesh Yadav government to garner support was of no use.

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