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Haryana

Alliance may help stop BSP’s fall in Hry

April 15, 2019 07:41 AM

COURTESY TOI APRIL 15

PARTY ANALYSIS
Alliance may help stop BSP’s fall in Hry
IN 5 POLLS SINCE 1998, BSP’S WORST PERFORMANCE WAS IN 2014; IT HOPES LSP TIE-UP WILL IMPROVE ITS CHANCES
Siddarth.Banerjee@timesgroup.com

Chandigarh:

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is sure of its fortunes turning around in Haryana because of its alliance with outgoing MP and former BJP leader Raj Kumar Saini’s political outfit, Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP). However, the last time it won a parliamentary seat in the state was in 1998, when party leader Aman Kumar Nagra won from Ambala.


Since then, BSP’s performance had only worsened in the state, even as constituencies it has contested from have risen from three in 1998 to all 10 in 2014.

In 2014 parliamentary polls, BSP’s vote share was 4.6%, a fall from 16.4% in the 2009 elections. A party insider said the alliance would help arrest this fall. “Backward classes and SC communities are our core voters, and even non-Jats votes will come to us. Our performance is going to be better than before,” said the source. According to BSP state in-charge Megh Raj, the alliance between the Aam Aadmi Party and Jannayak Janata Party won’t affect the party’s prospects. “Even Jat voters are with us. Our Faridabad candidate, Mandhir Singh, is a Jat and getting a lot of support,” he said.

 
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