- The Big news of the day is that the Samajwadi Party ousted the BSP in Uttar Pradesh. An elated Akhilesh Yadav today thanked the Uttar Pradesh electorate for entrusting the Samajwadi Party and promised to implement the party’s manifesto in letter and spirit. His comments are in the bulletin.
- Rahul Gandhi he squarely accepted responsibility for the party’s losses in the state, saying that he would continue working for it. His admissions can be heard in the bulletin.- Another shocker for Congress was in Punjab, where it was widely expected to wrest control from the Akali Dal-BJP combine. But, the SAD-BJP alliance has got a majority with the combine winning 62 out of a total 117 Assembly seats. More significant is that this is the first time that a ruling party has been voted back into power in Punjab.
In our bulletin, we have Congress spokesman Abhishek Manusinghvi expressing his displeasure at the results in Punjab.
- But there was some good news for Congress as they stormed back to power in Manipur by winning 34 of the 50 seats for which results were declared till 4 PM today. Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh retained his Thoubal seat, defeating his rival from the BJP Indira Oinam by a huge margin of over 15,000 votes.
- In Goa though, The BJP are firmly in a position to form the government with its alliance partner, MGP, after their candidates together won 23 seats in the 40-member Goa assembly. This is after the completion of counting in two centres in Goa. In the process, the BJP have displaced the Congress-NCP coalition government, which was led by chief minister Digambar Kamat.
Manohar Parikar was speaking to Rajdeep Sardesai and we have a clip in the bulletin.
- Uttarakhand is the only state showing a close result. The Congress are marginally ahead of the BJP, leading in 32 seats as opposed to the BJP's 31. At this point the state is too close to call.
Updated Date: Mar 06, 2012 19:57:32 IST