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Uttar Pradesh: Congress Illusion

Congress Illusion The political scene in Uttar Pradesh, where elections are due before February 2007, is clearly dominated by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP). And this polarisation is not just at the political realm. It is the culmination of a churning process, initiated in the1989 assembly elections when Mulayam Singh Yadav and V P Singh got together (as part of the then Janata Dal) to unsettle the Congress Party in the state. That was also when the BSP, at that time a new political outfit, secured 9.41 per cent of the votes polled. While the Janata Dal was the legatee of the Lok Dal-Socialist Party tradition in UP and the 1989 victory was part of a sequence of political events that began in India

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