The exit polls clearly reflected that Uttarakhand is also going to witness the hung assembly in line with neighbour Uttar Pradesh where the poll pundits predicted fractured mandate in the assembly polls 2012.

If the exit polls are to be believed, the coalition government is going to assume power in the hill state. The shape of new government in the state will largely depend on the political equation in UP that which two major parties are ready to make post-poll alliance in government formation.

In case of fractured verdict, the Bahujan Samaj Party will be the first choice for both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state as the Samajwadi Party is unlikely to show good performance. Moreover, Uttarakhand Kranti Dal-P and Raksha Morcha may play a decisive role in the government formation.

The political pundits predicted that the Congress may emerge as a single largest party in Uttarakhand. If the grand old party fails to cross the magic number of 36 seats in the 70-member house, the UKD-P and the independents will be the natural choice for it.

In the last elections, the UKD won three seats and supported the BJP leading to the spilt in the former. The other faction UKD-D kept itself away from the electoral process. Both the UKD-D candidates are contesting on the BJP tickets this time. The UKD-P has not form alliance with any party this time.

Political analysts are of view that if the Congress comes close to the majority, it will be easy for the party to make post-poll alliance with the UKD-P. It is another matter that the UKD-P has announced to sit in the Opposition.

The speculation is rife that the Congress is also going to form alliance with the BSP. Sources said that senior Congress leaders are in contact with the BSP in this regard.

As far as the BJP is concerned, if the saffron party’s tally inches to 36 seats, it will also put its all stops to retain the crown.

JNN