Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was at his oratory best after casting his vote in Saifai’s Jaswant Nagar contituency, where his uncle Shivpal Yadav is contesting as party candidate. Akhilesh didn’t take his uncle’s name once while interacting with media persons. “I have voted for SP candidate (Samajwadi Party ke ummidwaar ko vote dala hai),” Akhilesh said as he was asked if he voted for uncle Shivpal. Do you want your uncle Shivpal Yadav to win elections, he said, ” I want more and more number of Samajwadi candidates to win elections, (Mai Samajhata hu agar jada se jada Samajwadi log chunaav jeete vo bahut accha hai).” This was the first time when Akhilesh came to cast his vote without father Mulayam Singh Yadav, when asked why SP patriarch didn’t accompany him, he said: “See whoever is a listed voter, will vote. Everyone will come here to vote. This a difference made by your camera. You can capture anyone and present. (Ye to aapke camera ka dekhne ka fark hai.. apka camera kya dikhata hai).” Akhilesh said that he’s confident of forming government. “Once again Samajwadi Party will be forming the Govt, in alliance with Congress,” he added. “We were ahead in first 2 phases and I am confident that we will be ahead in 3rd phase also.” he said.
Polling for the third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 has started today. The voting today will be crucial for Samajwadi Party and its new president and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Parties are contesting today for 69 seats in and around SP home turf including Itawah, Mainpuri and Kannauj districts. In the 2012 Assembly Elections, Akhilesh had managed to win 55 seats in the region. A pro-SP voting today will play an important role in the return of Akhilesh government.