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 partys 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 partys 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.
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The partys 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.
In MP,the BSP could win only three seats and was leading at one till the last reports came in. It has lost all the seats it had bagged last time.
The party won Ambah and Dimani seats of Morena district and Raigaon seat of Satna district. Party candidate from Mangawan seat of Rewa district,Sheela,was leading by over 276 votes.
Mayawati,who addressed six rallies in MP,had promised three acre land each for landless poor if her government came to power in the state.
Talking to reporters in Lucknow after campaigning in MP last month,Mayawati had said her party will emerge as balance of power in the four states and no party will be able to form its government without BSPs support. On Sunday,most of the party leaders declined to comment on the election results.