The BSP factor
The elections in Karnataka for the state assembly beginning May 10 and spread over three phases shall be reckoned for two important reasons. A FEW GIANTS on the political firmament would bite the dust and several contests would be close. More importantly, Ms Mayavathy whose social engineering has paid rich dividends in uttar pradesh is making her presence as well as her party's, the Bahujan samaj party, felf.
It may not be much in terms of numbers.But the reception during the campaign has been surprisingly warm.IOt is as if theexploiters of old, called brahmins, andthe exploited who are dalits have a common stake in neutralising the impact of other parties who have used them as pawns for so long.
If Mayavathy succeeds even in a limited way here, it will be a trendsetter.Perhaps it may even cause advancement of parliamentary polls.
Every effort ismade to defeat Mr Yeddyurappa who is named the chief minister to be in case Bharatiya janata party emerges with a clear majority.Present projections however hover around less than 100, and it means allies have to besought out.In any case none can divine the voter's mind.The outlook is that the capital city of Bangalore will have a role to play in government formation and several seats will witness close contests. there has been a few changes of constituencies and configurations too. The combined effect is difficult to assess.
The surprise factor is the brahmin component. If they make common cause with the downtrodden, all the calculations that underlie the reservation policy would be set at nought.The changes on the social scenewould be as drastic as the ones witnessed in Tamil nadu when the dravida parties triumphed. And have kept congress at bay.
Elections 2008 in Karnataka will be remarkable not only for what it brings forth in resultsbut also for largescale impact it would cause on the social scene.About the final outcome, one can only hope there will be clear mandate aqnd not a fractured one.which may lead to uncertainty. The price rise is a factor working against the incumbent government .But one cannot rule out emotional factors..And they have had afree run in this election.
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