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BSP-LSP alliance in Hry does better than INLD

May 25, 2019 06:30 AM

COURTESY TOI MAY 25

BSP-LSP alliance in Hry does better than INLD
Manvir.Saini@timesgroup.com

Chandigarh:

The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP’s) move to ally with former MP Raj Kumar Saini’s Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP) did not make any impact on the parliamentary elections in Haryna, reveals EC data.


While the BSP won 10 of 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and is the thrid largest party in Parliament, its alliance with LSP could not win any seat in Haryana. The alliance’s vote share in Haryana was 4.1%, according to EC data.

The alliance was the fourth best performer in the state, falling behind the BJP

(58.02%), the Congress

(28.42%) and the JJP-AAP alliance (5.3%). It did better than the INLD, which got 1.9% votes.

Since his election as the BJP MP from Kurukshetra, Saini had developed a reputation for being a non-Jat leader in Haryana. He was quite vocal in his criticism of Jat community and even spoke out against the BJP. He later quit the BJP and formed LSP in September 2018.

To focus on non-Jat votes, the BSP aligned with the LSP just a couple of months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. It did this after breaking off its partnership with the INLD, after the party’s poor performance in Jind assembly byelection.

BSP fielded eight candidates and LSP two in the Lok Sabha polls.

Saini was the alliance’s CM face. If the tie-up continues, LSP will field candidates on 65 seats and BSP on 25 seats in the state assembly elections.

BSP’s vote share was the highest in the state in 2009, when it was 16.4%. However, it fell to 4.8% in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. In 1998, the INLDBSP alliance had made an impact in Haryana with BSP MP Aman Kumar Nagra making it to Parliament along with thsoe of the INLD.

As per results, none of the BSP-LSP candidates could make it to the top three on any constituency. Kurukshetra, which was considered to be the stronghold of Raj Kumar Saini, chose Haryana CM’s blue-eyed boy in minister Nayab Singh Saini.

Nayab won by 3 lakh votes over his nearest rival, Nirmal Singh of the Congress. Arjun Chautala finished third, while LSP-BSP candidate Shashi Saini finished fourth.

When contact, Saini said they were analyzing the results. “Let the process be over. Following this, we shall introspect. The alliance is strong as it has been,’’ said Saini

 
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