Lucknow: The assembly elections 2012 in Uttar Pradesh witnessed bigwigs getting their pies, while small parties were seen loosing the ground. The fringe parties had great expectation from the assembly polls but none could prove their mettle. The smaller parties received a big jolt in their respective regions in the elections.

After three years of setting up its base in Uttar Pradesh, the Peace Party was expected to turn the political scenario with polling results in its favour but the prediction fell flat.

Party’s founder Dr Mohammad Ayub did not refrain from saying that the government will not be formed without him. His vision of alliance with contribution to BSP could not be materialized with voters preferring other parties.

Contesting for 230 seats in Lucknow and Bundelkhand in alliance with Congress, the Peace Party could only register victory on four seats. While Akhilesh Singh won with a huge margin from Rae Bareily, party president Dr Ayub faced a good fight but was elected from Khalilabad, Anisurahman from Kanth and former minister Malik Kamal Yusuf was elected from Dumariyaganj. Other candidates of the party contesting from various constituencies failed to hit the bull’s eye.

In the leadership of Mafia Mukhtar Ansari’s elder brother Afzal Ansar ‘Qaumi Ekta Dal’ was formed before the elections. Considering Ansari’s dominance in districts of Purvanchal, the party fielded 50 candidates for the elections. The brother duo managed to win. Contesting for 130 seats with an alliance with the Congress, Apna Dal too had to face the brunt this time. Barring Anupriya Patel of the party all, the candidates pocketed defeat. The mafia-turned-politician Atiq Ahmad and Jaunpur’s Prem Singh better known as Munna Bajarangi could not register victory.

BSP president Om Prakash too had to face defeat even after supporting the alliance with the Qaumi Ekta Dal. Former BSP minister Shahjil Islam was denied BSP ticket hence he contested from Ittehad-e-Millat Council for Bhojipura seat and was successful in registering victory here.

JPN/Bureau