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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-11-07 11:48 AM
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Untouchables sweep to power in India's most populous state
http://www.guardian.co.uk/india/story/0,,2077646,00.htm...

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Randeep Ramesh in Mumbai
Friday May 11, 2007
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Supporters of the Bahujan Samaj party raise their hands to express support at an election rally in Allahabad, India. Photograph: Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP


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Mayawati, who uses only that single name, leads the Bahujan Samaj party, which looks set to sweep the polls in Uttar Pradesh, a northern Indian state of 170 million people and the country's most important bellwether of public opinion.

The result was a lesson for Rahul Gandhi - the son of Sonia Gandhi who runs the ruling Congress party - who spent a month criss-crossing Uttar Pradesh but in the end could only hold on to his 25 seats.


Uttar Pradesh is a chronically poor rural backwater that would be the world's sixth most populous state if it were a nation. Less than half its women can read or write their name, but it has also produced most of India's prime ministers.

Mayawati, a former Delhi school teacher, looks likely to be able to form a majority without the help of any other party in the state's 403-seat legislature. She has been chief minister of the state three times before, but each time for a short stint when her party was a junior partner in a coalition.

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"Nobody expected this result and it is one of historic importance. In building a coalition between Brahmins and Dalits she will have to govern for both communities - a difference from the recent past when politicians promised to look after just their own caste," said Ramachandra Guha, the author of India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy.

"She may be imperious and whimsical but she has demonstrated a shrewder political brain than her adversaries."

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