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The SP-BSP Mahagathbandhan In Uttar Pradesh: The Elephantine Mistakes That Helped Lotus Bloom

After suffering massive setbacks in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, BSP and SP have parted ways but till they can expand their base among the marginalised communities, BJP will not be threatened in Uttar Pradesh

The SP-BSP Mahagathbandhan In Uttar Pradesh: The Elephantine Mistakes That Helped Lotus Bloom
Photograph Naeem Ansari
The SP-BSP Mahagathbandhan In Uttar Pradesh: The Elephantine Mistakes That Helped Lotus Bloom
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2019-06-14T18:41:28+05:30

Kanshi Ram had a dream. The influential leaders of Dalits wanted to forge Bahujans as a politically powerful group. He tried to create a social alliance of Dalits with Other Backward Castes and Muslims, but failed—about 26 years ago, the alliance with  SP, then led by Mulayam Singh Yadav, disintegrated. Recently, the SP-BSP mahagathbandhan attempted another such coalition, but it fell through even though there were ­expectations that it would evolve as a long-term partnership in UP politics.

Less than two weeks after the election results, Mayawati declared that BSP would part ways with SP. Akhilesh Yadav said that his party would contest the bypolls on its own. Mayawati’s main complaint was that SP had failed to get its votebase of Yadavs, who are OBCs, to vote for BSP in the polls. While Akhilesh didn’t respond to the allegation, many political analysts feel that Mayawati’s gripe about the lack of Yadav votes for BSP may not be true as the victories of BSP candidates in Yadav-dominated seats of eastern UP suggest otherwise. Political analysts feel that Mayawati also failed in persuading Dalits to vote for SP. Thus, to some extent, both failed in getting their respective bases to vote for the other party.

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