Mar 11, 2017 04:19 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com
Assembly Elections 2017: Why a loss could imperil Mayawati's future
However, the BJP‘s win also spells a hard loss for Bahujan Samaj Party‘s Mayawati, who has been out of politics for 10 years already. Another 5 years from hereon, raises a big question mark over her political future.
After a 16-year long drought, Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to form the government in Uttar Pradesh with three-fourths majority. Leads indicate BJP taking over 300 seats in the state assembly.However, the BJP’s win also spells a hard loss for Bahujan Samaj Party’s chief Mayawati, who served out a full term as CM of state till 2012. After losing the elections that year, and this too, Mayawati's future looks uncertain as a kingmaker in the state politics.For the first time, BSP seems to have been pushed to the fringes. Previously, BJP had joined hands with BSP to take on the Samajwadi Party.Also, BSP does not seem to have a forward plan in place, which could work against them. Mayawati, so far, has not trained anyone to take her place at a future date.Her defeat now could also create divide her loyal Dalit voter base. BJP, in its speech, targeted the working populations as well as the lower caste. And if leads are anything to go by, the party did manage to pull its flock together.The waiting time could also demoralize the cadres and party may witness an exodus.Another factor that is not in her favor is her age. Mayawati, 61, could see difficulties in coming back a few years down the line.