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General Elections, 1996 in Uttar Pradesh-Divisive Struggles Influence Outcome

Divisive Struggles Influence Outcome Paul R Brass For decades, the principal lines of political and economic competition in the state were between the upper castes and the middle status or backward castes, with the scheduled castes largely pawns in this predominant struggle and the Muslims largely on the sidelines. The old upper caste-backward caste divide has remained and, in fact, has intensified; it is reflected in the bitterness of the competiton between the BJP and its upper caste voters, on the one hand, and the SP and its yadav and other backward caste voters, on the other hand. However, the scheduled castes are no longer pawns and the Muslims are no longer on the sidelines.

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