Akhilesh will get second term as UP CM: Ram Gopal Yadav

Akhilesh will get second term as UP CM: Ram Gopal Yadav

Referring to the expressways constructed during his tenure, Akhilesh said: "May be people want bullet trains over expressways".

Congratulating the winning party BJP, the SP President said: "I hope the new government will perform better than us". Known for his street-fighting image where he would take up causes of the downtrodden and the marginalised, Mehrotra lost largely as Maroof Khan of the Congress refused to withdraw from the race despite his party's alliance with the SP. Mulayam Singh and his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav, who was also at the centre of the struggle to control the party, had earlier criticised the move.

Pollsters have predicted the BJP as the party emerging with the largest votes in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

A day after the election results of Uttar Pradesh came out, the Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav came out to spoke and accepted the defeat with open arms. The agitated expelled leader also highlighted the incapabilities that ailed the party which also caused them a brutal defeat in the UP 2017 elections.

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SP's alliance partner Congress has been restricted to 11 Assembly constituencies in 403-member Assembly.

Accusing outgoing chief minister of being arrogant, veteran leader Bhagwati Singh said: "I never imagined that the party would get 47 seats after running a government with a majority... Akhilesh should now focus on strengthening the party organisation from the ground level and ensure training of youth workers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections".

Asserting that the BJP will have an edge over all other parties in the polls, Singh claimed that the BSP too will surpass the SP's tally. Another close aide of the Chief Minister, he was seen as the urbane and educated face of the SP after he won in 2012 from the same seat.