Parting Ways With the BSP Is Good News for the Samajwadi Party


The 2d alliance among the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has also verified to be brief-lived, if no longer successful in contrast to the previous one.

In 1993, the first SP-BSP alliance wrested electricity from the palms of a growing Bharatiya Janata Party amidst the mandir wave, but this time it could win only 15 Lok Sabha seats out of eighty in Uttar Pradesh.

BSP leader Mayawati criticised the SP for its failure to switch Yadav votes to BSP applicants, no matter the transfer of BSP votes to SP applicants, even as additionally indicating that the party, not instructions the votes of even Yadavs inside the kingdom. She declared that the BSP would be contesting the imminent assembly with the aid of-elections in UP on my own, leaving no question that the mahagathbandhan of SP-BSP-Rashtriya Lok Dal is over now.

She made these declarations on Monday, after an in-depth dialogue with BSP leaders who knowledgeable her about the ‘ground level’ dynamics. On the face of it, the allegations look credible. While the BSP has gained ten seats this time, SP may want to win simplest five alike 2014, that means it can have suffered greater had the alliance not taken location.

Secondly, BSP’s vote percentage on this election become 19.2%, which experienced little drop from the 19.6% it was given inside the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in UP. On the opposite hand, SP’s vote share this time become around 18%, a pointy drop from the 22.35% it got in 2014.

Is the SP than a demise celebration, a lifeless weight which the BSP rightly shrugged off in time? A specific analysis says in any other case.

BSP’s allegations on vote transfer don’t hold a good deal water

Let’s take the primary to declare that it was simplest the BSP’s votes which have been transferred to the alliance applicants, and not vice versa. The blended vote percentage of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance this time become 38.89%. Experts believed that if now not all and sundry else’s, the alliance could at least win the Jatav votes (due to the BSP), Yadav and Muslim votes (because of the SP) and a big percentage of Jat votes (due to the RLD).

As in keeping with rough estimates, Muslims are around 19% of the populace in UP, Jatavs round 10-11%, Jats 2-3% and Yadavs 8-9%. This bloc involves be round 41% of the populace in UP, and the mahagathbandhan were given more or less 39% votes. According to CSDS-Lokniti put up-ballot survey, even as Yadavs, Jatavs and Muslims vote decisively in favour of the alliance (60% or extra), greater than 3-fourths of Jat electorate endured to stay with the BJP.

This manner that was barring Jats, SP-BSP did transfer to each other. Mayawati’s criticism may additionally be legitimate in opposition to RLD chief Ajit Singh who did not convey within the Jat votes. However, it holds little water against the SP. What laboured against the alliance became that votes of different communities consolidated behind the BJP, raising its vote percentage in UP from 42% in 2014 to 49.6% in 2019.

The strong 19% vote percentage delusion

It is clear that the BSP is making those assaults on the SP from two high grounds – that it received two times as many seats as its accomplice, and that its vote share is solid while the SP’s decreased drastically. Let’s take the second argument first. As mentioned previously, BSP’s vote share within the Lok Sabha elections in UP stayed at extra than 19% in 2014 and 2019, while SP’s percentage came down from 22.35% in 2014 to 18% in 2019.

However, due to the fact, each event did not contest on all seats this time unlike 2014 (inside the seat-sharing formulation, SP contested on 37 even as BSP contested on 38 seats this time, leaving three for the RLD and two for the Congress), it’d be wrong to equate both those instances. While the BSP’s equal vote proportion came from around 80 seats ultimate time, this time it came from the best 38 seats. This makes the seats contested extraordinarily essential, and it’s far wherein Mayawati’s declare it falls aside.

The BSP had an uncommon advantage in phrases of seats contested, because it chose the nice seats possible out of the eighty, leaving the tough ones for the SP. There are round 13 seats in which the BSP was now not the runner-up in 2014. However, it was given them inside the alliance via difficult good buy (along with Saharanpur, Bijnor, Nagina, Amroha, Shrawasti, Lalganj and so forth). It gained all of them this time. On the alternative hand, the SP was given seats like Lucknow, Ghaziabad and Kanpur, which might be traditionally BJP strongholds.

There turned into a substantial competition to this ‘imposed preference’ from SP leaders and cadres on time, consisting of country wide president Mulayam Singh Yadav. Mulayam had certainly stated way lower back in February that the cornering of probably winnable seats via the BSP will restrict the SP’s prospects in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. However, for the greater interest of an anti-BJP alliance, Akhilesh Yadav determined to deliberate to those ‘unjust’ demands. As the BSP benefitted from this, it is unethical of it to criticise the SP while flaunting its victory on seats which it was given due to the SP’s goodwill.

Bahujan celebration of Jatav celebration?

The BSP emerged from a nicely-crafted motion beneath the wonderful steerage of Kanshi Ram, claiming to deliver backward organizations, minorities and Dalits collectively. However, with repeated defections, mistakes and defeats, the present day BSP is just a skeleton of the past and its claims approximately having a bigger base than SP, or even representing all Dalits, is critically inflated.

This can also be understood using evaluating BSP’s votes on a number of the won seats in 2019 with the votes it were given on them in 2017. Since one Lok Sabha accommodates five assembly seats in UP (besides three Lok Sabha seats), for this I will be summing up the votes of the SP and BSP within the 2017 elections, and evaluating it with the 2019 results.

On the Nagina seat of western UP, BSP’s Girish Chandra gained this time by polling five, sixty-eight,378 votes at the same time as in 2017, BSP got handiest 2,30,560 votes on all 5 assembly seats of Nagina at the same time as the SP-Congress alliance (the events contested together in 2017) were given three,forty two,461 votes.

In jJapaneseUP’s Jaunpur, BSP’s Shyam Singh Yadav won, polling five,21,128 votes even as the celebration may want to win best 2,sixty six,486 votes in all five assemblies of Jaunpur in 2017; the SP-Congress alliance were given three,20,366 votes then.

In Bijnor, BSP’s Maluk Nagar won this time, polling 5,61,h alf votes whilst BSP’s general vote in all 5 meeting seats of this constituency in 2017 become 2,55,948 most effective; the SP-Congress alliance got round three lakh votes here. Since the votes of the Congress in this area are quite insignificant, as contemplated on this Lok Sabha election too, it turns into clean that the BSP changed into legging at the back of SP even in this vicinity which does now not have Yadav voters. The BSP benefitted disproportionately from the alliance as opposed to due to its personal aid base.