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Mayawati's Sandwich Coalition

The unique brahmin-dalit alliance that Mayawati forged for the recent assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh paid off handsomely for the Bahujan Samaj Party. What remains to be seen is how this alliance relates to other influential sections in the state.

Reverse Social Osmosis in Uttar Pradesh

As assembly elections near in UP, a new political phenomenon has become noticeable. Traditional caste-based and exclusionary parties are reaching out to other groups, even rival caste and class groups, in the hope of forming a government on their own.

Municipal Elections in Uttar Pradesh

By staying away from the municipal elections in Uttar Pradesh in October-November, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party has played a rather clever move. The BSP also encouraged its supporters to vote for the Congress or BJP candidates (depending on who seemed the better one in a particular area) in a bid to teach the ruling Samajwadi Party a lesson. This might seem to be a self-defeating move but the BSP is conserving its punches for the forthcoming assembly elections.

Uttar Pradesh: Formation of Muslim Political Fronts

The formation of the two Muslim political fronts, replicating the successful example of the Assam United Democratic Front, has thrown wide open the electoral contest for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections early next year. Long relegated to the status of an electoral support base by the "secular" parties, the formation of the two fronts, it is felt, would truly express the needs and aspirations voiced by members of the minority community.

Delimitation in India

Previous exercises on the delimitation of Lok Sabha and assembly constituencies have been largely fair and satisfactory. However, the current delimitation exercise, under the auspices of the Fourth Delimitation Commission, involves several methodological issues that need to be resolved in a bipartisan, non-contentious manner, in keeping with the necessary constitutional specifications.

Ninth Panchayat Polls in Uttar Pradesh

Despite the attempts of the Mulayam Singh government to postpone the panchayat elections on the grounds of reservation and delimitation, the ninth panchayat elections were held in August 2005 in Uttar Pradesh. It was a unique democratic process which was gigantic and energised the rural people. This is an analysis of the magnitude of the exercise, the election campaign, gender issues and the financial aspect of the election process.

Backward Caste Politics in Uttar Pradesh

The several political parties espousing the cause of the backwards in UP have played a part in reconfiguring the political agenda in the country and providing a platform for transformative politics. But on important issues, the performance of the backward movement in the state has been less than satisfactory. It has failed to address the issue of 'backward identity' and has been unable to develop a class politics.

BSP`s Strategy in Uttar Pradesh

The BSP's moves in Uttar Pradesh to build a dalit-brahmin alliance could mark a return to the caste groupings of the old in the state, with one difference that this time it will be the lower castes who will be controlling the formations.

Uttar Pradesh : Caste and Political Mobilisation

The election has shown that politics in UP will now unfold through competition among two state-level and two national-level parties. The study shows that all parties are finding it difficult to overcome the community barriers to their respective support bases. However, the significant factor that has emerged is the possibility of the SP and BSP crossing this social threshold and becoming more inclusive parties. For the Congress and the BJP, already on the brink of marginalisation, this would throw up major challenges.

Uttar Pradesh: By-elections or Referendum

With its good showing in the recent assembly by-polls in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party has further strengthened its position in the state. This time the party has been successful in its attempts to widen its caste base. On the other hand, while results for the BSP were mixed, the fortunes of the two national parties, the Congress and BJP, appear to have declined further.

Uttar Pradesh: Will BSP and Congress Gain?

In the triangular and quadrangular electoral contests expected in the state, the current dark horses, the BSP and a rejuvenated Congress, could cut away substantial vote shares of the bigger parties, the BJP and the SP.

Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh

The Samajwadi Party has been facing the dilemma of carrying forward its anti-BJP politics even while it must avoid becoming part of a Congress-led coalition. It is an important example of a party engaged in consolidating social cleavages and, simultaneously, in overcoming them. In its multi-pronged strategy, it seeks to consolidate the caste cleavage by uniting OBCs and also appealing to upper caste voters in the name of development and globalisation.


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