Local Body Elections Indicate BSP Gaining Ground Over BJP in UP

Mayawati’s BSP made a comeback in the Panchayat elections in UP, and is gaining ground over the BJP.

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BSP Chief Mayawati at a press conference. (Photo: PTI)

The 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly election is believed to be the big semi-final for the BJP before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. And Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party recently made a comeback in the Panchayat elections, The Indian Express reported.

In 2014, many educated Dalits were attracted by Narendra Modi’s political agenda that mixed Hindutva and development. This section of the Dalit community is not happy with the BJP any more. Many Dalits who supported the BJP in 2014 feel that the party has not delivered development or created adequate employment.

Recent local body elections saw many BSP nominees win at the cost of the BJP and the SP. In Narendra Modi’s model village in Varanasi, Jayapur, the BJP lost by over 800 votes. The BSP scored over the BJP in districts including Hathras and Aligarh. In Ambedkar Nagar district, the BSP won 25 of 43 panchayat seats. The results indicate that Dalit voters who did not back the BSP in the 2012 assembly polls or the 2014 general election are returning to the party. This win has boosted the morale of the BSP leadership, which is now gearing up for the 2017 assembly election.

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