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The problem with such an argument is that it sees Dalits as emotional captives of a political partyand unlike voters of any other social group that would reward or punish a government based on its performance By not offering anything substantive in the last five yearsthe BSP-run government has failed to meet the rising aspirations of upper and middle classes among the Dalits A big chunk of the lower OBC voters are showing signs of moving away from the BSP in the Poorvanchal and Bundelkhand regionas many new political parties like the Rashtriya Lok Manch of former Samajwadi Party leader Amar SinghBundelkhand Congress led by Raja BundelaApna DalMahan Daletcare exclusively courting lower OBC voters in this region The Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal of Ajit Singh could definitely encroach on the BSPs Muslim vote base in the Rohilkhand and Doab region These parties may get only a few thousand votes for themselves but the effect of the combined erosion of votes from Dalits in addition to the lower OBCs and the Muslims will upset the partys electoral calculus The BSPs performance prior to the 2007 elections was limited to PoorvanchalBundelkhand and Avadh regions of the state In the 2007 electionsthe BSP gained across the state This uniform distribution of partys vote base will affect the BSPs prospect in terms of seats The electoral history of the last decade suggests that the BSPs seat conversion ratio improves dramatically as soon as it touches the 29 per cent vote mark In the 2009 electionsthe BSPs vote share was 274 per centwhich was almost three percentage point up from its performance of 247 per cent vote share in 2004but there was absolutely no change in the seats despite the party being either the winner or the runner up in 67 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the 2009 elections in the state There is little disagreement even among the partys sympathisers that the BSP is in no better position than it was in 2009 Lastlymany have been arguing that Mayawatis move of sacking ministers and denying tickets to close to a 100 legislators will help her in countering anti-incumbency sentiments Unfortunatelypolitical parties in UP do not recognise that the language of conducting politics has changed profoundly in neighbouring Bihar Mayawatis engagement in similar rhetoric of proposing fourfold division of the statewriting letters to demand quota for different communitiesetc is unlikely to convince the UP voter this time The stories of the turnaround in Bihar will be on the voters mind Her government has little to showcase in terms of policiesdevelopmentlaw and order The BSPs possible debacle in the coming elections has been in the makingafter its premature calculations of acquiring power in Delhi during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections Instead of consolidating its base in UPand courting its Bahujan constituencythe party marginalised its core cadresand welcomed groups and leaders who not only weakened the BSPs electoral machine but also the mission The BSPs single-handed victory in 2007 signalled an end to the era of hung assembliescoalitionswidespead defectionand unstable governments in UPbut the 2012 verdict could well reverse the path The writer is a PhD candidate in political science at University of CaliforniaBerkeley For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Coomi Kapoor | Updated: October 12 2014 8:02 am Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with his family at his new official residence in New Delhi where he went after his discharge from the hospital on Monday (Source: PTI photo) Related News Arun Jaitley’s extended stay in hospital and shift from Max in Delhi to AIIMS sparked off rumours that he was critical and being flown to Singapore for treatment The Prime Minister’s calls to doctors for updates added to the suspicion Most rumours emanated from Mumbai and seemed related to efforts to drive down share prices Jaitley’s condition after his bariatric surgery was not life-threatening But he developed two complications in quick succession — a stomach infection and then a lung infection Apart from the doctors at Max and AIIMS Mumbai-based Dr Farokh Udwadia was flown to the Capital for his opinion Jaitley was shifted to AIIMS not because he was unhappy with the treatment at Max but so that he could be kept in solitary confinement away from visitors and any risk of further infection The special sterile room in AIIMS was set up during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s rule for VVIP patients but had been used only once previously — by Vajpayee himself Deadline pressure In a historic first Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama decided at the White House dinner to issue a joint editorial which could be carried in the next day’s edition of The Washington Post? Despite the combined clout of the powerful heads of the world’s two largest democracies the Post would not relent on its deadline The joint editorial came too late to be included in the next day’s edition of the newspaper and was carried instead in its Internet edition Spokesperson writer MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin is likely to be posted shortly to Geneva as ambassador His replacement is tipped to be Vikas Swarup joint secretary in the MEA Swarup made a name for himself internationally as a best-selling author? He?

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