Lucknow : For once, political pundits and astrologers seem to be mostly on the same side in Uttar Pradesh.
Hours before the millions of votes cast in the state are counted Tuesday, leading astrologers were singing the tune of the exit polls.
Their forecast: A clean edge for the Samajwadi Party (SP) of Mulayam Singh Yadav and a downslide for both the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress.
K.A. Dubey ‘Padmesh’, a well known Kanpur-based astrologer,said that the coronation of Mualayam Singh in Lucknow was a foregone conclusion.
“The SP will emerge as the biggest party (in the assembly) as its horoscope has Saturn and Mars in its centre. Both planets are retrograde. They will specially boost the prospects of the Yadav leader.”
He added that the BSP would be inflicted a body blow as it had ‘Mithun Lagna’ in its horoscope.
Padmesh said a ‘Khadashtak yoga’ was in place and it suggested a change in the seat of power in Lucknow.
The Congress with a ‘Dhanu lagna’ at the epicentre of its horoscope would be on a downward trend in Uttar Pradesh although it would better its tally in “places close to Delhi”.
The Congress won 22 assembly seats in 2007 and 22 Lok Sabha seats two years later.
New Delhi-based Ajai Bhambi echoed Padmesh and predicted a waterloo for the BSP.
“Stars of Mayawati are on the decline,” Bhambi told IANS on telephone, and added that even Rahul Gandhi “will do badly astrologically”.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he predicted, would do better compared to 2007 but it would not be in a position to form a government.
Rakesh Tripathi, an astrologer from Allahabad, said the time of the election declaration — 23.12.2011 (6.59 p.m.) — had ensured the stars of the ruling BSP were on a downturn.
“SP will be the biggest gainer,” he said, predicting 134-145 seats for it, 116-128 for BSP, 49-61 for BJP and 53-58 for the Congress.
Tripathi also warned of President’s rule in the state, the country’s most populous and one which has given India most of its prime ministers.
Celebrated astrologer Bejan Daruwalla, however, has a radically different view on the Uttar Pradesh outcome.
On telephone from Mumbai, he insisted that Mayawati would return to power.
“I am an astrologer, not a politician and hence would stick to what I have said earlier. Mayawati’s return in Uttar Pradesh is imminent.
“Nobody can move a Himalaya mountain, and she is one Himalaya,” he said in his imitable style.
“I am no god but by the grace of Ganesh, trust me. Maya would be the chief minister again, 175 percent for sure.”