Dec. 6 A state which sends the highest number of MPs (80) to the Lok Sabha and has given nine of the 14 Prime Ministers India has had, it is no wonder that Uttar Pradesh is the most politically significant state in India and is seen as the gateway to Delhi when it comes to elections. Political battles in Uttar Pradesh have always been interesting and decisive, and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be no different.
Contrary to the Narendra Modi wave that led to BJP winning 71 of the 80 seats in UP in the 2014 general elections, and followed it up with a maasive win in the assembly elections, 2019 may be a different ball game.
The alliance between rival-turned-friends Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party has already made BJP bite dust in the bypolls in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s stronghold of Gorakhpur, Phulpur, and BJP bastions Kairana and Noorpur earlier this year.
The BSP strongly feels that Dalits, seen as its hardcore votebank, will vote in favour of Mayawati as they are faced with atrocities under the BJP rule.
Speaking exclusively to FinancialExpress.com, BSP’s national spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria said that Dalits are with Mayawati as they have seen the real face of Congress and BJP. He also said that Dalits want to see Mayawati become the Prime Minister because everybody under her leadership feels safe, secure and benefit from the schemes.
As all parties try to woo the Dalits who comprise 16% of the country’s total population, Bhadoria delves into where the BSP stands in the present scenario where efforts are being made give final shape to a Grand Alliance of anti-BJP parties.