Even as Samajwadi Party stormed to power in Uttar
Pradesh due to the strong and tactical support the party received
from the Muslim community, Peace Party of India (PPI) - a little
known and newly formed political party, stamped its presence in
Uttra Pradesh politics by winning four seats in the assembly
The PPI president, Dr. Ayub has won
the Khalilabad seat and Akhilesh Singh won one of the five seats
in Rae Bareli parliamentary constituency represented in the Lok Sabha
by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Ironically, the Congress lost
all the Raeli Bareli assembly seats with the remaining four going
to the Samajwadi Party (SP).
The other PPI winners are Kamal
Yusuf Mallik, who won from Doomariyaganj and Aneesurrehman
winning from Kanth.
Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal, an ally of the Peace Party, won from
Rohaniya in Varanasi.
Formed in 2008, the Peace Party of
India (PPI) was born with the intent of pushing a member of the
Muslim community to the chair of chief minister. The Congress had
at the time alleged that this was a move by Mayawati to split the
Muslim vote in the state between rivals Congress, SP and PPI,
which would eventually benefit her party.
Preliminary election results show
that the Peace Party of India (PPI) has performed remarkably in
the very first assembly election it fought after its formation.
Earlier, the party had fought the parliamentary elections in 2009.