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India Assembly Elections 2012

India Assembly Elections 2012

India TV News Desk [ Updated: March 07, 2012 13:34 IST ]
  • Indian workers count electronic voting machines meant for use in the Uttar Pradesh state elections, in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    Indian workers count electronic voting machines meant for use in the Uttar Pradesh state elections, in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • An election official shows an electronic voting machine to a polling agent during counting of votes in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    An election official shows an electronic voting machine to a polling agent during counting of votes in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • A security officer stands guard outside a counting center in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    A security officer stands guard outside a counting center in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • A Samajwadi Party supporter throw dances amid smoke of bursting crackers as he celebrates the early leads of the party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav outside the party office in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)
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    A Samajwadi Party supporter throw dances amid smoke of bursting crackers as he celebrates the early leads of the party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav outside the party office in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)

  • Samajwadi Party supporters exchange sweets as they celebrate the early leads of the party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav outside the party office in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)
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    Samajwadi Party supporters exchange sweets as they celebrate the early leads of the party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav outside the party office in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)

  • An Indian election official carries an electronic voting machine as a security officer stands guard at the counting station in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials counted votes Tuesday in crucial polls in five Indian states that could provide a boost for the ruling Congress party's national coalition, or cripple it for the last two years of its term. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    An Indian election official carries an electronic voting machine as a security officer stands guard at the counting station in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials counted votes Tuesday in crucial polls in five Indian states that could provide a boost for the ruling Congress party's national coalition, or cripple it for the last two years of its term. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • Samajwadi Party supporters dance with colored powder on their faces as they celebrate an early lead of the party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh state election in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    Samajwadi Party supporters dance with colored powder on their faces as they celebrate an early lead of the party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh state election in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • Samajwadi Party supporters dance with colored powder on their faces as they celebrate an early lead of the party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh state election in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    Samajwadi Party supporters dance with colored powder on their faces as they celebrate an early lead of the party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh state election in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • Samajwadi Party supporters smear colored powder on each others' faces as they celebrate the early leads of the party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav outside the party office in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)
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    Samajwadi Party supporters smear colored powder on each others' faces as they celebrate the early leads of the party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav outside the party office in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)

  • An Indian security officer stands guard as election officials wait to enter the counting room in Mirzapur, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Anshul Mishra)
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    An Indian security officer stands guard as election officials wait to enter the counting room in Mirzapur, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Anshul Mishra)

  • Samajwadi Party supporters celebrate the party's early lead in returns of state election amid smoke from bursting crackers in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. India's ruling Congress party trailed far behind its rivals in early returns Tuesday from the key state election, a sharp rebuke to the party that could hamper its ability to govern the country over the final two years of its term. (AP Photo)
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    Samajwadi Party supporters celebrate the party's early lead in returns of state election amid smoke from bursting crackers in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. India's ruling Congress party trailed far behind its rivals in early returns Tuesday from the key state election, a sharp rebuke to the party that could hamper its ability to govern the country over the final two years of its term. (AP Photo)

  • Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, center left, walks with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, after meeting the media in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. India's ruling Congress party trailed far behind its rivals in early returns from a key state election Tuesday, a sharp rebuke that could hamper the party's performance over the final two years of its term. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)
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    Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, center left, walks with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, after meeting the media in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. India's ruling Congress party trailed far behind its rivals in early returns from a key state election Tuesday, a sharp rebuke that could hamper the party's performance over the final two years of its term. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)

  • Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi looks down as he speaks to the media in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. India's ruling Congress party trailed far behind its rivals in early returns from a key state election Tuesday, a sharp rebuke that could hamper the party's performance over the final two years of its term. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)
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    Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi looks down as he speaks to the media in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. India's ruling Congress party trailed far behind its rivals in early returns from a key state election Tuesday, a sharp rebuke that could hamper the party's performance over the final two years of its term. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)

  • Supporters of Congress party celebrate as they accompany winning Congress candidate Om Prakash Soni, wearing floral garlands, outside a counting station in Amritsar, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials counted votes Tuesday in crucial polls in five Indian states that could provide a boost for the ruling Congress party's national coalition, or cripple it for the last two years of its term. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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    Supporters of Congress party celebrate as they accompany winning Congress candidate Om Prakash Soni, wearing floral garlands, outside a counting station in Amritsar, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials counted votes Tuesday in crucial polls in five Indian states that could provide a boost for the ruling Congress party's national coalition, or cripple it for the last two years of its term. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

  • Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party and policemen watch voting results on a television in Amritsar, Punjab state, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials counted votes Tuesday in crucial polls in five Indian states that could provide a boost for the ruling Congress party's national coalition, or cripple it for the last two years of its term. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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    Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party and policemen watch voting results on a television in Amritsar, Punjab state, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials counted votes Tuesday in crucial polls in five Indian states that could provide a boost for the ruling Congress party's national coalition, or cripple it for the last two years of its term. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

  • Former Indian cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, wearing orange turban, stands next to his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu after she was declared winner outside a counting station in Amritsar, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials counted votes Tuesday in crucial polls in five Indian states that could provide a boost for the ruling Congress party's national coalition, or cripple it for the last two years of its term. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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    Former Indian cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, wearing orange turban, stands next to his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu after she was declared winner outside a counting station in Amritsar, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials counted votes Tuesday in crucial polls in five Indian states that could provide a boost for the ruling Congress party's national coalition, or cripple it for the last two years of its term. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

  • Samajwadi Party supporters burst crackers and celebrate election results in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. India's ruling Congress party trailed far behind its rivals in early returns Tuesday from a key state election, a sharp rebuke to the party that could hamper its ability to govern the country over the final two years of its term. The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own. (AP Photo/Nirala Tripathi)
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    Samajwadi Party supporters burst crackers and celebrate election results in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. India's ruling Congress party trailed far behind its rivals in early returns Tuesday from a key state election, a sharp rebuke to the party that could hamper its ability to govern the country over the final two years of its term. The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own. (AP Photo/Nirala Tripathi)

  • Election officials watch voting results on a TV in a makeshift camp in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Rakesh Kumar Singh)
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    Election officials watch voting results on a TV in a makeshift camp in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Election officials across five Indian states Tuesday began counting votes in crucial provincial elections that are being seen as a test of strength for the country's ruling Congress party. (AP Photo/Rakesh Kumar Singh)

  • Stray dogs lie near elephant statues, political symbol of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), standing at Ambedkar Park in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Mayawati, the bottom caste dalit leader who is the state's incumbent chief minister and leader of the BSP, suffered a crushing defeat in the key state elections as the socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
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    Stray dogs lie near elephant statues, political symbol of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), standing at Ambedkar Park in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Mayawati, the bottom caste dalit leader who is the state's incumbent chief minister and leader of the BSP, suffered a crushing defeat in the key state elections as the socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

  • Samajwadi Party supporters set off fireworks and celebrate election results in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. India's ruling Congress party trailed far behind its rivals in early returns Tuesday from a key state election, a sharp rebuke to the party that could hamper its ability to govern the country over the final two years of its term. The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    Samajwadi Party supporters set off fireworks and celebrate election results in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. India's ruling Congress party trailed far behind its rivals in early returns Tuesday from a key state election, a sharp rebuke to the party that could hamper its ability to govern the country over the final two years of its term. The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • Punjab state Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Parkash Singh Badal greets supporters after his party's win in Punjab assembly polls, in Bathinda, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The ruling SAD in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party won the Punjab Assembly election for a second consecutive term. (AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill)
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    Punjab state Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Parkash Singh Badal greets supporters after his party's win in Punjab assembly polls, in Bathinda, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The ruling SAD in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party won the Punjab Assembly election for a second consecutive term. (AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill)

  • Indians read newspapers with the front page showing the socialist Samajwadi Party victory news post state assembly election results in Lucknow, India, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. India's governing Congress party was badly beaten in a key state election Tuesday, a sharp rebuke that could cripple the already embattled national government over the final two years of its term. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    Indians read newspapers with the front page showing the socialist Samajwadi Party victory news post state assembly election results in Lucknow, India, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. India's governing Congress party was badly beaten in a key state election Tuesday, a sharp rebuke that could cripple the already embattled national government over the final two years of its term. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • Indian rikshaw pullers rest in front of a hoarding of Samajwadi Party members in Lucknow, India, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. India's governing Congress party was badly beaten by socialist Samajwadi Party in a key state election Tuesday, a sharp rebuke that could cripple the already embattled national government over the final two years of its term. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    Indian rikshaw pullers rest in front of a hoarding of Samajwadi Party members in Lucknow, India, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. India's governing Congress party was badly beaten by socialist Samajwadi Party in a key state election Tuesday, a sharp rebuke that could cripple the already embattled national government over the final two years of its term. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • A young Indian boy reads a newspaper as a big portrait of Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav is seen lying on the ground in Lucknow, India, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. India's governing Congress party was badly beaten by socialist Samajwadi Party in a key state election Tuesday, a sharp rebuke that could cripple the already embattled national government over the final two years of its term. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    A young Indian boy reads a newspaper as a big portrait of Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav is seen lying on the ground in Lucknow, India, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. India's governing Congress party was badly beaten by socialist Samajwadi Party in a key state election Tuesday, a sharp rebuke that could cripple the already embattled national government over the final two years of its term. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • Congress party workers burn an effigy of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state Mayawati (centre) in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Mayawati, the bottom caste dalit leader who is the state's incumbent chief minister and leader of the BSP, suffered a crushing defeat in the key state elections as the socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own. (AP Photo)
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    Congress party workers burn an effigy of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state Mayawati (centre) in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Mayawati, the bottom caste dalit leader who is the state's incumbent chief minister and leader of the BSP, suffered a crushing defeat in the key state elections as the socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own. (AP Photo)

  • Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, front, walks with his son Akhilesh Yadav, left, and other party leaders at his home in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own after crucial state elections. (AP Photo)
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    Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, front, walks with his son Akhilesh Yadav, left, and other party leaders at his home in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own after crucial state elections. (AP Photo)

  • Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader and son of the party President Mulayam Singh Yadav, attends a press conference in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own after crucial state elections. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader and son of the party President Mulayam Singh Yadav, attends a press conference in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own after crucial state elections. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader and son of the party President Mulayam Singh Yadav, seated second right, attends a press conference in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own after crucial state elections. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader and son of the party President Mulayam Singh Yadav, seated second right, attends a press conference in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own after crucial state elections. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • A Samajwadi Party supporter holds a cutout of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and walks past other cutouts of Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own after crucial state elections in Uttar Pradesh. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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    A Samajwadi Party supporter holds a cutout of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and walks past other cutouts of Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. The socialist Samajwadi Party's victory appeared strong enough to allow it to form a government on its own after crucial state elections in Uttar Pradesh. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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