Half-hearted approach in polls, SP fails to open its account

Poor performance in the recently held assembly polls in the four states did not come as a surprise for SP.

The party had not expected much from the polls, but it was humiliated as its two sitting legislators lost and the party failed to open its account in any of the states. SP's sitting MLA Meera Deepak Yadav from Newari in Madhya Pradesh and Surajbhan Dhanka from Rajgarh Laxmangarh in Rajasthan lost the elections.

SP made half hearted attempst for the assembly polls with only Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav addressing the rallies in MP and Rajasthan. Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav did not visit any of the states, while other party leaders too did not venture in support of the candidates.

Feeling isolated, Akhilesh nominated his cousin Anurag Yadav as the in-charge of MP by appointing him as the national secretary of party's youth wing. Anurag rushed to MP, but only had a week left for polls. SP, which had pinned its hopes on the bordering districts of MP, failed to open its account.

SP's muslim face and minister Azam Khan even got his protégé Munawwar Salim of Vidisha nominated to the Rajya Sabha. Both Azam and Mulayam visited Salim's area before the elections, but Salim failed to make an impact.

For Chattisgarh and Delhi, SP never took the polls seriously. National general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, did not spare time for the polls. It expected its candidates to spring surprises in some of the Muslim dominated areas, but that did not happen.

The hype over Akhilesh's absolute majority government and Mulayam's projection as the prime ministerial candidate fell flat. As a token measure, SP is reported to have dissolved its Delhi and MP unit, which has little significance. "We never expected to make an impact in these polls, but few seats would have given us the leverage to project Mulayam as the national leader," a senior SP leader said.

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