BSP draws a blank in Delhi, fails 2008 show in other states
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Over a year after it lost the 2012 UP Assembly elections, the BSP has fared poorly in the assembly elections of four states as well — in what means a setback to the party's ambition of playing national role in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Even as party chief Mayawati spent much time overseeing distribution of tickets and campaigning in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi, she failed to match the party's 2008 performance in these states.
The BSP won only three seats in Rajasthan while its score was six in 2008. The seats where it romped home are Dholpur, Khetri in Jhunjhunu district and Sadulpur in Churu district. Significantly, it failed to wrest any of the six seats it had won last time.
In Sadulpur, BSP candidate Manoj Kumar defeated sitting BJP MLA Kamla by 4,826 votes and Congress candidate discus thrower Krishna Poonia stood third. Mayawati had addressed six rallies in the state.
The BSP also failed to make any mark in Delhi even as its top leaders from UP, like party general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui and UP President Ram Achal Rajbhar, camped there for over a month before elections. Mayawati herself addressed about half-a-dozen rallies in the national capital. The party had fielded a large number of Muslim candidates.
The party's tally in Chhattisgarh slipped to one from its count of two seats in 2008. Its sitting MLA from Pamgarh seat lost to BJP nominee. The party also failed to win Akaltara in Janjgir-Champa district, which it had won in 2008. Mayawati had addressed one rally in Janjgir-Champa.
Only Keshav Chandra, party candidate from Jaijaipur seat of Janjgir-Champa district, could defeat BJP nominee Kailash Sahu.
All senior leaders from UP were involved in the Assembly elections in four states since August, leaving the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in UP to zonal coordinators.