ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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BSP at the Crossroads

A cautionary tale lies behind the Bahujan Samaj Party's less than expected performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh. The party frittered away its sarvajan support gained in the 2007 assembly elections because of the manner in which this social coalition was stitched, subsuming caste contradictions for mere arithmetic addition of support to the party. Also playing a role in the defeat were the negative perceptions among the electorate of Mayawati's rule as chief minister.

shatter the sarvajan bond it had so meticulously forged. Its spokespersons point to the fact that it is the runner-up in as many as 46 seats, of which it lost three by a margin of less than 10,000 votes, and another

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