Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s declaration that her party will go alone in the upcoming Rajasthan assembly election, has totally changed the electoral scenario for the Royal state. Congress party, which is efforting hard to return in power, obtained a resentment from political experts, after failing over forming an alliance with Mayawati. BSP plays a significant role in around one-third of the total assembly constituencies in the Rajasthan, where Dalits and minorities are present in a considerable amount.
Rajasthan has a total 18% of scheduled caste population and BSP is expected to dominate around 60 constituencies.
In Rajasthan, BSP has an ample amount of supporters in the areas like Alwar-Bharatpur and Shekhawati regions, and five districts of Rajasthan namely Ganganagar, Bikaner, Dholpur, Karauli, and Bharatpur holds around 21% of reserved category population and BSP would be looking to utilize its caste politics in these areas. During 2013 assembly election BSP managed around 3. 37% of votes and won 3 assembly seats. Mayawati told that Congress was offering only nine seats in Rajasthan and stated that:
“We have noticed that whenever we contest in the alliance, all our votes get transferred to Congress.”
As per sources, BSP is trying to become a third possible alternative in Rajasthan, where SC/ST population is present in a fair amount and also, as Rajasthan is currently enjoying caste-based politics, BSP is aggressively playing SC/ST card. Although BSP will not majorly affect Congress votes, as Mayawati’s party does not have a strong face in Rajasthan, conversely, Congress has several faces like Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan.
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