GOODBYE … Mayawati breaks ranks with Akhilesh, says Gatbandhan was a flop; BSP will now keep to itself


NEW DELHI: Former UP chief minister and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has called off her alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP) headed by another ex-CM Akhilesh Yadav. “He could not ensure the win of his own wife (Dimple Yadav) in Kannauj LS constituency, even as his Yadav community there has 3.5lakh voters,” she said.

“This gathbandhan alliance with SP was “bekar”, of no use to us. They took our votes and did not vote for us,” she said.

The BSP-SP alliance, also termed as bua-bhatija (aunt-nephew) alliance could win just a dozen seats out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats from UP this time. The BSP won 11 seats this time against zero in 2014, and retained its 19 per cent share of the total polled votes as in the last polls. The SP lost a four percentage point share of the votes this time against the votes it got in 2014. Its votes per centage came down from 22 per cent in 2014 to 18 per cent this time – one per cent less than that of the BSP.

Kannauj was a pocket borough of the Mulayam Singh family. Mulayam won it in 1999 and fielded his son a year later. Akhilesh Yadav continued to represent it till 2012 when he was elected chief minister of UP. This led to a bypoll in which his wife Dimple was fielded, and she won unopposed.

Mayawati and the Yadav clan were bitter enemies in politics and alternated in power in the state for the past several years. Mayawati’s outfit had the backing of the Dalits, who form 21 per cent of the state’s population. The Samajwadi Party banked on the support of the BCs, Yadavs in special. OBCs form 40 per cent of the population, Muslims 19 per cent and forward castes 23 per cent.

The “parivar” (family first) culture in the SP promoted by Mulayam Singh Yadav, as did Lalu Yadav who brought upfront his two sons, and other family members including Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi, led to the unpopularity of their parties. The RJD of Lalu Yadav too faced odds in the present polls in Bihar. The BJP, benefiting from the popularity of PM Modi, was major gainer in both the states.

In UP and Bihar together, the BJP-led NDA won 102 of the 120 seats. The Apna Dal and the Nishad Party were BJP’s allies in the NDA in UP. In Bihar, in alliance with JDU of Nitish Kumar and LJP of Ram Vilas Paswan, the NDA won 39 of the 40 seats.  IHN-NN


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