Wednesday, March 7, 2012

[ZESTCaste] SP also sweeps reserved assembly constituencies

SP also sweeps reserved assembly constituencies
TNN | Mar 7, 2012, 07.02AM IST

LUCKNOW: The SP also swept the reserved assembly constituencies for
SCs winning more than half of them way ahead of BSP that is actually
known for its Dalit base. Of the total 84 reserved constituencies, SP
won 54, while BSP could win only 17. Congress got four, BJP three, RLD
two and others took the rest. This shows that the SP not only got the
support of Muslims and backward classes but also of Dalits. In fact,
in a reserved constituency, parties face real test of their support
since every party puts up Dalit candidates that splits the votes. The
one having more support of other castes and communities wins

In 2007,BSP had won 62 out of total 89 reserved constituency, SP 13,
BJP seven, Congress five, RLD and Rashtriya Swabhiman Party (RPS) one
each. A look at BSP's performance makes it clear that the party has
not been impressive in reserved constituencies. But this time it was
less than expectations.

Sample this: In 1993, out of total 88 assembly constituencies reserved
for Dalits, BJP grabbed 38 followed by BSP and SP with 23 each and
four others. In 1996, again BJP was top runner with 36 seats followed
by BSP with 20, SP 18, Congress four, and 11 others. The scene in 2002
changed with SP grabbing maximum 35 seats followed by BSP with 24, BJP
18 and others 11. The results of the 17 reserved constituencies in Lok
Sabha is also more or less the same. In 1999, BSP won five seats.

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