Mysuru, : Mayawati who has done poorly in last three elections in Uttar Pradesh may make a mark in remote Karnataka. The BSP leader is well placed in...
Mysuru, : Mayawati who has done poorly in last three elections in Uttar Pradesh may make a mark in remote Karnataka. The BSP leader is well placed in at least one Assembly seat in the southern state -- Kollegal.
The party is contesting 20 seats, in all, in Karnataka not in alliance with the SP, like UP, but with the Janata Dal ( Secular) or JDS. The pillion rider has discard the cycle (Samajwadi Party symbol) here for all practical purposes.
This is not the first time that the BSP is in an electoral battle in the state. But she had not done as well as she did in previous polls. In 2013, her party had done exceedingly well in one constituency in Chamarajanagar distict ( Kollegal).
She had lost the seat to the Congress by only about 10,000 votes. Her candidate, N Mahesh, had polled 37,000 votes. With support from the JDS she may fill the gap and may make a mark.
In percentage terms, the BSP had secured 25 per votes. What may worry her is that 2013 was a different year. Then the BJP was a divided house. The faction led by Yeddiurappa had separated from the party and formed his own, KJP.
The KJP which had secured 22 per cent votes has been merged with the BJP which had 12 per cent vote- share that year. Put together the percentage rises over the Congress percentage (32).
If voters supporting the KJP transfer their votes to the BJP this year, she will be in trouble. Whatever may the result, at least she is likely to emerge as a force in the constituency.
In another three constituencies in Chamarajanagar district, however, her position is not as good. She had done badly in one of the seats in the district ( Gundlupet seat) in the previous poll. Her party had got only about four per cent votes in this constituency.She may take some pride in the fact that her main rival, the BJP, had collected only one per cent votes. The BJP may not mind it.