Health warning: The Sahara group is a Mulayam Singh crony and who significantly benefited during the SP tenure. Such was their closeness when Mayawati assumed power, she clamped down on the Sahara Group.
The Uttar Pradesh Development Council, which then was headed by Mulayam Singh and packed with his close friends like Anil Ambani, Adi Godrej, Subrata Roy (sahara) and Amitabh Bachchan. Mulayam Singh’s friends in the business world can be divided into two groups. The first group comprises big business barons like Ambani, Godrej and Subrata Roy of the Sahara group, all considered extremely close to him. The second group comprises industrialists like Kushagra Bajaj of Bajaj Hindustan, Ramesh Chandra of Unitech Ltd, Vinay Maloo of Himachal Futuristic Communication Ltd (HFCL), Ashok Chaturvedi of Uflex Industries (until recently known as Flex Industries), US Bhartia of India Glycols, Bhushan Uppal of the Uppal group and Ponty Chadha of the Chadha group. Except Vinay Maloo, the rest in the second group have substantial business interests in Uttar Pradesh and flourished during the Mulayam Singh regime. It is this corporate cum media interests that is backing Mulayam Singh to the hilt this election.
Read this survey for its entertainment value.
The pre-poll survey of Sahara News Network on Monday predicted a hung assembly in Uttar Pradesh after the February polls in the state.The survey also predicts that Mayawati’s social engineering formula has utterly failed to work this time. The ruling BSP government is all set to receive massive jolt in the forthcoming assembly election 2012, according to the survey. However, no party will get the absolute majority in the 403-member house.Sahara News Network has conducted biggest pre-poll survey and the results are quite shocking and surprising for all. The picture of Uttar Pradesh Assembly is quite clear. The survey predicts a hung assembly in Uttar Pradesh with no political party is getting the absolute majority.In the 2007 Assembly elections, Mayawati-led BSP had surprised all political outfits after crossing magic figure of 202. But, this time, there is no smooth sailing for ruling party. The ruling The survey, conducted by the Sahara News network, shows a sharp drop for Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, which will get only 100-110 seats. In the last election, BSP had 206 seats.The Samajwadi Party, led by Mulayam Singh Yadav, will emerge single largest party with 140-150 seats out of 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly house. The survey also indicates that the real battle will be between the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party, with the latter making considerable gains.The Congress Party, who is contesting election jointly with Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has also been making huge gain since last has also huge gain since the last assembly elections in 2007. Cong-RLD alliance is expected to bag 60-70 seats in the assembly election 2012.On the other hand, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) is expected to manage 80-90 seats. According to this biggest survey, Samajwadi Party will get 142 seats while BSP will be reduced to 104. 85 BJP members are expected to win the elections while Congress alliance will win 48 constituencies. 12 seats are going in favour of others.As far as vote percent is concerned, SP has been earning 26.06 percent while BSP is getting 21.48 percent vote. BJP and Congress have respectively 20.67 and 18.48 vote percent.The region-wise survey shows that Mulayam Singh-led Samajwadi Party has been leading in Awadh and Purvanchal region. However, Rahul Gandhi’s charisma has worked in Bundelkhand region and it is helping Congress to bag 10 seats in Bundelkhand.In Awadh region (118 ACs): Samajwadi Party is expected to win 52 constituencies with 29.37 vote percent. BSP will win 20 seats (20.08 %) while Congress and BJP will get 21 (19.40%) and 23 (18.71 %) seats respectively. Others will get two seats.In Bundelkhand (19 ACs): Congress leading with 10 seats while SP will get five seats. BJP and BSP are expected to claim two seats each.In Purvanchal region (130 ACs): 50 SP candidates are expected to make it to state Vidhan Sabha while 37 seats are going in favour of BSP. BJP and Congress will get 31 and 5 seats respectively in this region. Other will get seven seats.In Western Uttar Pradesh (136): Ruling BSP will get 45 seats while SP to win 29 seats. BJP and Congress will get 29 and 12 seats respectively. Other will get three seats.