1 min read.Updated: 04 Jun 2019, 06:19 PM ISTLivemint
SP and BSP jointly won only 15 of the 75 seats they contested, with the BSP bagging 10 and SP five
The trigger for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to part ways with the Samajwadi Party (SP) may have been the drubbing the two parties got in the national elections, but the event may be a signal that the post-Mandal era of caste-based politics has run its course. The two parties jointly won only 15 of the 75 seats they contested, with the BSP bagging 10 and SP five. BSP chief Mayawati has lamented that the SP couldn’t get even its core Yadav supporters to vote for the alliance. SP workers seem to believe that the BSP failed to draw the votes of its Dalit support base. The blame game will continue. But the poll results in Uttar Pradesh make it clear that caste arithmetic alone doesn’t work anymore.
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