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Bjp Stunned On Homeground

The saffron brigade suffers a setback at the hustings, and promptly blames it on Kalyan Singh’s pre-poll manoeuvres

Bjp Stunned On Homeground
Bjp Stunned On Homeground
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ON October 9, as counting of votes began in the crucial Uttar Pradesh elections, the administration clamped prohibitory orders in and around the state capital Lucknow. The reason: a victory procession by one party may provoke rivals to retaliate and lead to violence. But in the final tally for the 425-member state assembly, the mandate was in favour of a hung assembly—no party had won a clear verdict, there was little for any party to celebrate.

The BJP emerged the single largest party with 174 seats in the kitty—in 1991, it had won 221 seats and in 1993, 177 seats—and its poor showing is attributed to various reasons. Many in the party blame Kalyan Singh for the worse-than-expected outcome. His poll-eve tactics were definitely at fault—Kalyan Singh was given near-autonomy in selection of candidates but he refused tickets to 46 sitting MLAs; and of the 130 he cleared for renomination, only 23 won. The party’s vote percentage fell to 32 per cent from 34.5 per cent in the last polls; it suffered reverses in central...

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