Lucknow: A day after being dethroned from power in Uttar Pradesh, outgoing Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati on Wednesday met state Governor BL Joshi and submitted her resignation.
Sources said Mayawati might to speak to the media today.
It should be noted that during her tenure as UP CM, Mayawati rarely met the press and when she did, rarely answered any questions.
On Tuesday, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) hopes for a revival in the country’s most populous state were dashed as Uttar Pradesh's 12.73 crore voters rallied behind the Samajwadi Party's (SP) to hand it a stunning victory over the BSP.
Winning 224 seats, the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led party is set to form the government in the state with a comfortable majority in the 403-member Assembly. Its performance comes as quantum jump to 2007 when it was voted out of power and got just 97 seats.
The BSP has been literally wiped out, securing 80 wins now against its unprecedented 206 seats in 2007.
Meanwhile, the BJP with 47 seats has slipped from its earlier standing of 51 seats in 2007 but then it was in alliance with the Apna Dal.
The real loser was the Congress.
Though the party fared slightly better from its 22 seat tally of 2007 by getting 28 wins, the party faced humiliation with a complete rout in Amethi and Rae Bareilly - bastions of the Gandhi family, seats which are held in the Lok Sabha by general secretary Rahul Gandhi and party chief Sonia Gandhi respectively.
Independents and other small parties who won 16 seats in the 2007 state Assembly polls managed 14 seats this time.
(With IANS inputs)
First Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2012, 10:20