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Loss puts Mayawati’s Dalit leadership in doubt too

Mayawati’s strategy aimed at consolidating the votes of Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Castes in favour of the alliance failed to yield dividends.

, ET Bureau|
May 24, 2019, 09.23 AM IST
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The BSP may not even get a role in national politics, given that Mayawati is not a member of the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha.
Even after allying with arch-rival Samajwadi Party in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati was unable to secure the result expected for her party, putting in doubt her ability to garner votes as a Dalit leader.

Mayawati’s strategy aimed at consolidating the votes of Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Castes in favour of the alliance failed to yield dividends.

However, the BSP can only console itself with wins in four seats and leads in six, which is better than in 2014, when the party failed to win even a single seat in Uttar Pradesh. The SP won one seat and was leading in four, according to the Election Commission of India website on Thursday night.

BSP has now fared poorly in the third election in a row – the 2014 parliamentary polls, 2017 state assembly polls and the 2019 polls.

Known for devoting time to run her party organisation and the ability to win over SC votes, Mayawati was considered a leader with an unmatched capacity to transfer her party’s base votes to an ally in any situation.

“Although it is too early to say anything about the BSP’s performance in different constituencies, it is not good to see the party’s failure to bag seats on expected lines in this election despite having an alliance with the Samajwadi Party,” a BSP worker said.

Members of the BSP and SP, speaking on condition of anonymity, indicated that the parties were unable to coordinate effectively while choosing candidates to contest the elections.

“Although there was proper coordination between the leaders of the two parties at the ground level, district units were not consulted before the selection of candidates,” a member of the SP said.

“She is very careful about her party organisation. So, she would automatically focus on changes required to strengthen the party at the ground level,” a BSP worker indicated, adding that it would be interesting to see her strategy on the alliance with SP and RLD for the state assembly elections.

In fact, the BSP may not even get a role in national politics, given that Mayawati is not a member of the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha.

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