national party?a party needsamong other thingsto win more than 5 per cent of valid votesand the BSP received more than 6 per cent valid votes in 2009 But can 2007 be repeated In 2007the BSP was able to aggregate additional voters to its Dalit votebank The 2007 UP elections were the testing ground of a strategy initiated by Kanshi Ram in the late 1990swhich consists of opening up not only to non-Dalit people something he had always doneright from the creation of the BAMCEFas evident from the name of the organisation itself but also to non-Bahujansthat is to the upper castesprovided they were not given a share of power that would be superior to their share of the population As a resultKanshi Ram nominated an increasing number of upper-caste candidates in the 1999 electionsin proportion to their percentage in the population Mayawati pursued the same agenda She simply adapted it to the conditions of UP where a Dalit-dominated party like the BSP was in a good position to attract Brahmins and Vaishyas These two groups had more interests in common with Dalits than with the Rajputs In factthe common enemy of Dalits and Banias as well as Brahmins was the nexus formedaround Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singhby the dominant OBCs including the Yadavs and the Rajputsboth landed groups which attempted to rule village life and which the upper castes regarded as responsible for the declining law-and-order situation This strategy culminated in the ticket distribution Mayawati made in 2007 Of 402 candidatesthe BSP nominated 86 Brahmins91 Dalits38 Vaishyas and as many Rajputsand about 60 Muslims While the number of OBCs were fewer than in 2002they were in greater numbers 110 This strategy produced good results The BSP could rely on its Dalit supporters in such a way that it could ask them to vote for upper-casteMuslim or OBC candidates who brought with them additional suffrage from their own community The BSPs transferable votebank and this plus vote explained the 2007 success: not only did the BSP continue to make progress among the Dalits with 77 per cent of the votes (as against 69 per cent in 2002)but it also attracted 16 per cent of the upper castes (as against 5 per cent in 2002)27 per cent of the non-Yadav OBC and 17 per cent of Muslims The BSP was on its way to becoming a catch-all party Whether such an achievement can be repeatedwill depend upon a large number of factors: the assessment of Mayawatis policies among the upper castestheir fear of a comeback by Mulayam Singh Yadavthe division of the non-Dalit vote among the SPthe Congress and the BJP andlast but not leastthe impact of the coming together of many small Muslim parties The writer is a senior research fellow at CERISciences [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News In this capacity, So it is important to find out from him what’s happening. If we can figure it out, Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news In 2016.
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