The outcome of the five-state assembly elections has provided a clear indication that in the near future, regional parties and leaders will control levers of power and have a greater say in formulating or influencing polices made by the Centre. The Samajwadi Party (SP) led by Mulayam
Singh Yadav, for instance, is unlikely to adopt a docile attitude towards the UPA government and will probably push its own aggressive agenda based on promises it made to the people of Uttar Pradesh in its manifesto. The SP will deal with the Centre from a position of advantage it has acquired following its historic victory.