March 7th, 2012
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Mayawati meets governor, submits resignation

mayawati-with-governorLucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and leader of the BSP Mayawati who had to retreat following the overwhelming defeat in the recent UP Assembly elections met Governor BL Joshi and submitted her resignation this morning. Mayawati’s key aide and Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh decided to take premature retirement from March 9. His two-year extension was slated to end on March 31.

SP, which was ousted from power in 2007 on law and order issues, avenged its defeat at the hands of BSP which was reduced to 80 seats from 206 five years ago.  The UP assembly has 403 seats.

The Samjawadi Party (SP), headed by Mayawati’s old political enemy, Mulayam Singh Yadav, swept into power, winning 224. BSP, whose rule was marred by allegations of corruption and scam, failed to make much of an impact on the electorate despite operation clean-up by party supremo and CM Mayawati.

The Samajwadi Party’s top leaders will finalize their plans to formally stake claim and form the new government at the meeting to be held this afternoon. Meanwhile according to the grapevine the Samajwadi Party supremo is likely to nominate his son Akhilesh as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Their win is seen as the biggest win in the state in 27 years.



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