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UP local body elections 2017: While the BSP revived, SP & Congress lost further ground
In UP local body elections 2017, the BJP registered a huge win as per results declared on December 1, 2017. Local body elections mostly go in favour of the ruling party of the particular state. As the BJP is currently the ruling party with a heavy mandate, thus this win doesn't come as a surprise.

In fact, these results can be considered as a stamp of approval from the people of Uttar Pradesh for the eight months of working of the Yogi government.

Since mostly the ruling party wins in local body elections, I always refrain from drawing any conclusion from them. However, just like last local body elections of West Bengal, here I found something significant and that's why the analysis. Please refer to my article on West Bengal elections where I had analysed BJP's rise leaving aside TMC's huge win:

http://www.merinews.com/article/west-bengal-civic-body-elections-how-bjp-is-spreading-its-footprint-in-the-state/15926776.shtml

In UP too, I am leaving BJP's win aside for the above reason and focussing on BSP's grand revival. The BSP which finished at number four in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections (not registering a single seat) and number 3 in the recently concluded UP Assembly elections 2017, revived in these local body elections at the cost of SP and Congress. Out of the 16 mayor seats, the BSP won two whereas SP and Congress drew blank. In other contests also, especially in western UP, it has performed really well. Mayawati resigned from the Rajya Sabha and definitely put some some hard work in reorganising her party. Another good thing was that her party members remained silent (without being vocal against Modi or the BJP) and did groundwork with a positive mindset. That's why the party has managed to re-establish itself as the main adversary for the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019. I think this is a very-good sign for the BSP.

But the Samajwadi Party further lost ground in these elections. Even Mulayam's repeatedly firing on karsevaks during the elections didn't work. Muslims left the SP and rallied behind BSP. The family feud in the SP ranks is no doubt a major reason of this defeat. But another reason for this loss was the irresponsible behaviour of SP spokespersons who opposed each and every move of the BJP hysterically in TV studios which cost them dearly. Now the SP has to rethink how to re-establish itself. It has to work more else it would lose further ground in the state.

Congress on the other hand is also in the sliding mode having lost the local body elections in Amethi too. It has to realise that the blame-Modi game isn't going to work. Also there is no point in revisiting the ghosts of GST and demonetisation as these are lost causes which people have already rejected. Congress needs to give an alternative narrative which has to be credible. Blame-Modi game, caste-equations, temple tourism and all such other stunts are not effective at all because nowadays people are more aware. If caste-equations didn't work in UP, how can they work elsewhere, including Gujarat?

Some people have even linked these UP local body elections with the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections. I feel there's no link at all. When the BJP performed poorly in UP, it won in Gujarat. Thus, if someone thinks that UP election result will influence Gujarat Assembly election, I would say that he or she doesn't have enough knowledge about Indian politics.

However, the UP local body election results should give some lessons to the Congress' Gujarat election strategists. You can't perform well in Gujarat or elsewhere parroting GST, demonetisation etc. Gujarat is definitely not going to vote for the Congress! It's time for Rahul Gandhi to learn quickly or else he would be simply lengthening his list of failures.

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