How Rahul Gandhi's hands punctured Akhilesh Yadav's cycle in UP

How Rahul Gandhi's hands punctured Akhilesh Yadav's cycle in UP

The Congress was decimated in Uttar Pradesh - the home state of its chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi - and faced a severe drubbing in Uttarakhand where it was in power. "I wish that the upcoming government will work better than the Samajwadi Party government". With his decision to take on a resurgent BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a resilient Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Akhilesh had a Herculean task as he also faced a succession battle within his own family.

Uttar Pradesh sends 80 MPs to parliament and the Congress has been reduced to a lowly fourth position with only seven assembly seats and 6.2 percent vote share.

Soon, PM Narendra Modi also thanked Rahul Gandhi on Twitter and hailed democracy.

Since the exit polls had hinted at a hung house, or a close competition between SP-Congress and BJP, the landslide win of BJP came as more of a surprise. Further, the bonding seen between Rahul and Akhilesh was not seen among the cadres of the two parties. With the party already winning 140 seats and leading in another 177 seats (as per the trends available at around 2 PM ) and going by the trends, the party is expected to breach 300-mark out of 403 seats, political pundits are expressing shock as normally 200 seats are enough to form the government in UP.

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Since the day SP-Congress alliance was announced, comparisons were being made if it would be a success like the "Mahagathbandhan" in Bihar. The strategic Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, which Mr Yadav entered into against the advice of his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, has taken a beating at the hands of the BJP.

The stunning results have proved that Akhilesh and Rahul still lack the charisma of Nitish and Lalu.

This is biggest-ever haul of BJP in UP in the last three decades.