While the BSP was offering outside support to the Gehlot government, this move, according to BSP leaders and observers, was unexpected
Congress has 100 MLAs and its ally RLD has one, giving it the majority to run the government. It also has outside support of 12 of 13 independent MLAs. Two seats are vacant
Reports suggest that the Congress has reached out to Mayawati as the BSP continues to hold pockets of influence in Haryana
Most of these seats fell vacant after the sitting MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha in May.
The massive protest in Delhi, seen after the demolition of the Guru Ravidas temple, can be seen as a moment in the consolidation of a new religious identity. It is also a manifestation of the rise of the new generation of the Dalits.
Jaunpur MP Shyam Singh Yadav has been made BSP leader in the Lok Sabha in place of Amroha MP Danish Ali
This comes just months ahead of the Legislative Assembly elections in Jharkhand
With the decimation of much of the Opposition and the aggressive inroads made by the BJP, the BSP wants to dig in as an exclusive party of the Dalit. It doesn’t want to dilute its brand value and agenda by allying with other parties.
This could be BSP's attempt to position itself as the key Opposition party in Uttar Pradesh
BSP member Satish Chandra Misra accused the EC of allying with the NDA and said the ruling dispensation in the President's speech has rightly thanked the EC.
Though the alliance did not come up to her expectations in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BSP won 10 seats, a big gain from the zero in 2014.
The announcement came a day after the party held a marathon meeting in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow
The 2022 assembly elections are still far away but with each party claiming it will fight alone, the work is clearly cut out for the Akhilesh-led SP. They have to become the alternative to the ruling BJP in the state.
While BSP's tally grew from zero to 10, SP's seat share remained stagnant at five. In fact, some members of SP's first family lost their seats
The BSP supremo, however, said that she was not permanently breaking the alliance with SP.
Caste-based vote banks seem to have taken a hit, but religion-driven vote banks are catching all the eyeballs.
Major regional parties who suffered losses are set to face a stiff challenge from not only BJP+, but also from within its ranks
The results, however, have been a disappointment for the four-time Uttar Pradesh chief minister, who former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao famously called a “miracle of democracy” when she became the CM the first time in 1995.
The saffron party seems to have turned caste-based arithmetic on its head.
Mayawati suggested the possibility on her Twitter handle, accusing the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh for ignoring the development of the state's eastern region.
The prime minister also brought up national security, accusing a previous coalition government of weakening the intelligence agencies. He recalled the Pokhran nuclear tests 21 years ago this day.
"Our (electoral) prospects are improving...the prospects of the opposition alliance will further improve in the remaining two phases of Lok Sabha polls," BSP chief Mayawati said at joint rally with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav here.
Terming Modi the 'chowkidar (watchman) of capitalists', Mayawati alleged that he helped the rich become richer.
The party itself is not contesting Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, which has seven seats.
At his rallies in Bahraich and Barabanki in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to Lok Sabha, Modi said opposition leaders have lost their sleep after four phases of polling