New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said the Uttar Pradesh election results would cast a shadow on the Congress-led central government as the Samajwadi Party (SP) had emerged strongly in the state.

"The people in Uttar Pradesh wanted change, that change came in the form of SP," BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said. "SP emerging independently in Uttar Pradesh is a bad sign for the Congress, it will spell a shadow on the central government," Rudy said.

The Congress, which has been having problems with alliance partner Trinamool Congress, was expected to strike an alliance with the SP in Uttar Pradesh, according to political pundits.

"Congress' credit card in Uttar Pradesh has defaulted," Rudy said, adding the Congress' failure in finding local leadership in the state was the reason behind its failure. Rudy also said the BJP was satisfied with its performance overall, and in Uttar Pradesh, while it was not very happy, it was not disappointed either.

"Overall, in Punjab and Goa we are forming a government. Uttarakhand is neck-to-neck, but we will emerge," Rudy said. "The elections were localised, we are where we were in Uttar Pradesh... We could have done better but we are not disappointed," he added.

(Agencies)