BSP cost Congress a dozen seats in Gujarat

Last Updated: Monday, December 24, 2007 - 00:00

New Delhi, Dec 24: The "elephant" was instrumental in trampling upon the "hand" in some dozen seats in the Gujarat polls which helped the "Lotus" reign supreme.

The Mayawati-led BSP, which contested over 160 of the total 182 seats in the Narendra Modi-ruled state, resulted in the defeat of some 18 Congress candidates, according to AICC media department chairperson M Veerappa Moily.

Another party general secretary, however, said the figure was less than 10.

In the 2002 polls, the Sharad Pawar-led NCP had played the role of the BSP by cutting into the votes of Congress, which had led to its defeat in some 15 seats.

This time, however, the Congress had taken the NCP on board and the Pawar-led party could even bag three seats.

BSP failed to win even a single seat in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly.

It was a case of fifth-time unlucky for the BSP which has been contesting some seats in Gujarat since 1990.

Mayawati had campaigned in the state in both the phases as her party put up candidates for all the seats encouraged by its success in capturing power in Lucknow.

She had deputed senior leader Gandhi Azad to Gujarat to personally supervise the campaign, but found that the climate in the western state where the polity is bipolar between BJP and Congress, far different from the Hindi heartland.

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First Published: Monday, December 24, 2007 - 00:00

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