The Samajwadi Party office here,19,Vikramaditya Marg,witnessed loud celebrations since the morning on Saturday,when newly elected party MLAs gathered for the meeting to elect Akhilesh Yadav as the chief ministerial candidate.
As the meeting started at 11 am,the road was already bustling with SP supporters,dancing with music bands.
With the gates of the party office being closed,the supporters kept shouting UP ka CM kaisa ho,Akhilesh bhaiya jaisa ho as TV crews remained glued to them.
With a large number of SP supporters and leaders gathered,it was a good business day for election publicity material sellers who have set up shops outside the SP
office. Said Pramod Pal,a seller of flags,banners,stickers: The pre-poll loss I suffered because of Election Commissions curbs on election expenditure,has been recovered in these four days since the SP gained majority in the polls.
But Saturday was the most profitable day for Pal as this was the largest gathering of SP supporters at the party office. Pal said there has been a huge increase in demand for SPs flags,scarves,and stickers since the party’s victory.
By noon when the gates were still closed but the message was out,the workers lit the first chain of firecrackers to celebrate the MLAs ratification of choosing young Akhilesh as their leader. The firecrackers were followed by celebratory firing.