what is the reality inside
Till the 90s, the Dalit vote in UP was the vote bank of the Congress. In the 90s, when the face of politics in the whole country changed, the Dalit community in UP got united with the Bahujan Samaj Party and became the biggest force of the BSP. There was a fight for the BSP ticket, because the candidates thought that they would get 20-21 percent of the votes on the BSP mark without any effort. You can win elections even after doing a little hard work for the votes of other castes. From above, the Dalit society seems to be one, but inside they are also divided. The Jatav caste is the largest part of the Dalit society, from which Mayawati herself comes. This caste has been completely associated with the Bahujan Samaj Party. But, the rest of the castes have not been a mobilizer for Mayawati to that extent. Because, his relationship with Jatav does not happen. On many occasions, they stand in other political circles. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, PL Punia, who was Mayawati’s principal secretary from Barabanki, was contesting on a Congress ticket. Barabanki is a reserved seat for the Scheduled Caste category. Mayawati had put all her strength that PL Punia could not win the election. But, he won. The reason was believed to be that the votes of the Pasi caste are more in that seat and they had allied with the Congress.
Is it a sign of big change?
The Modi wave that ran in the country since 2014, its effect has been seen in Uttar Pradesh as well. More Dalit community votes have started going in favor of BJP in UP. There has also been a split in the Jatav community, which is a warning bell for the Bahujan Samaj Party. In the election campaign of BSP in the 2022 elections, the heat is not visible as before. The reason is that there is no longer as much attraction for the BSP among the candidates as before. There is also a reason that the mobilization of Dalit voters for the BSP is not visible as before. However, the clarification from the BSP has come on several occasions that their voter is not vocal. is financially weak. Therefore, the BSP’s election campaign is looking less vulnerable to other parties.
Status of parties on SC seats Assembly Election 2017
Total Reserved Seats : 84 BJP : 71 Apna Dal(s) : 01 SBSP : 03 SP : 06 BSP : 01 Independent : 01
assembly election 2012
Total Reserved Seats : 85 SP : 59 BSP : 14 Congress : 04 BJP : 03 RLD : 03 Independent : 01
assembly election 2007
Total Reserved Seats : 89 BSP : 61 SP : 13 BJP : 07 Congress : 05 RLD : 01 RSP : 01 Independent : 01