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The BSP in 2009: Still Making Progress, But Only as a Dalit Party
The BSP in 2009: Still making progress, but only as a Dalit Party
ChristopheJaffrelot

Mayawati's BSP has been classified among the losers in most of the post-elections press reports. This is fair enough given its expectations based on its performances in the 2007 and 2008 state elections. In 2007, the BSP won 206 seats with 30.46 percent of valid votes in Uttar Pradesh and in 2008, it won important by-elections in Uttar Pradesh (UP)1 and made inroads in three of the states which went to polls. In Madhya Pradesh, it jumped from 7.26 percent of the votes in 2003 to 11 percent and from two to seven seats. In Delhi it grew even more ...

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