» 05/11/2007, 00.00
Uttar Pradesh elections: Mayawati, a Dalit woman, beats Mulayam
In India’s most populated state (175 million people), the state-based Bahujan Samaj Party gets more than 50 per cent of the vote. Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party loses big. Discussions will start to form a coalition government as people comment the results.
Lucknow (AsiaNews) – The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati Kumari, a Dalit woman, has scored an overwhelming victory in state-wide elections in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous and influential state. The outgoing chief minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, has conceded defeat and submitted his resignation to the state’s governor. Meanwhile discussions are underway with other parties to form a majority government whilst the results get front and centre attention.
Thousands of BSP supporters have taken to the street across the state to celebrate the victory. With almost all the ballots counted, the BSP has doubled its seats (from 98 in 2002 to a projected more than 203 this time. The hitherto ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) under Mulayam Singh dropped from 143 to about 100. The Hindu nationalist Baharatiya Janata Party also suffered major loses, going from 88 seats to about 50 (worst score since 1991). By contrast, the Congress Party (CP) remained stable (23 seats vs 25). Smaller parties won the remainder of the seats.
If current results remain unchanged, the BSP will need partners to get a majority in the 403-member state assembly.
Mayawati’s victory was made possible by her ability to broaden the BSP’s appeal from its Dalit base to include people from all caste backgrounds and social conditions.
“Our target was the decimation of the Samajwadi Party and we have succeeded in it,” a CP federal minister said as he congratulated the winner. His party is keeping its options open on supporting BSP in Uttar Pradesh noting that the “BSP is not a political untouchable.”
The Varanasi-based Lenin Raghuvanshi, the 2007 Gwangiu Prize laureate, told AsiaNews that “a new era begins in the politics of Uttar Pradesh. Ms Mayawati fought on her own terms on a platform of respect for the rule of law. As a follower of Babab Saheb Ambedkar, I am happy that a Dalit woman is going to become the chief minister of UP, but I am afraid that her autocratic style and values go against those of Ambedkar.”
For John Dayal, president of the All India Catholic Union, “election results are a rejection of the bad governance and corruption that had become the hallmark of the Mulayam administration. Not only did Mayawati get Dalit support but she was also backed by the poor from the upper castes as well as from religious minorities like the Christians. Let us hope she may provide security to everyone”.
Uttar Pradesh vote to decide India’s future
Over the next month or so Uttar Pradeshis will vote in state elections. With one seventh of all the seats in the lower house of parliament, their state is crucial for the balance of power in Delhi. The ballot is taking place at a time of economic and social crisis. Experts expect the election to be decided by a few votes.
Confidence vote for Singh government on 22 July
Communists quit over nuclear deal with US. Singh gains regional party support but it might not be enough. The country is in a difficult moment because of high inflation; the government is unable to contain rising food prices and energy costs.
Elections in India, between economic development and religious extremism
A few months from the start of the electoral process, the battle lines are drawn between a secularist and a religious party. Support for the latter is constantly growing. Not only could this lead to an increase in "unpunished" attacks against religious minorities, but it could mean that the economic boom in some parts of India could leave behind the countryside, where the vast majority of the population lives.
Uncertainty over the out come of Indian elections
Tomorrow sees the last of the five rounds of voting. The results are due out on May 16th. Some predict gains for the the HinduBharatya Janata Party and losses for Congress, of outgoing premier Menmohan Singh. Alliances will be decisive in forming the next government.
11/03/2017 15:22:00 INDIA
Modi wins in Uttar Pradesh
Vote counting began this morning. The latest update indicates he won 305 seats out of 403. The election is a referendum on the prime minister's policies, following demonetisation. Christian leader expresses concern about the aggressive policies of the Hindu nationalists.
The tears of Chinese bishops. A portrait of Msgr. Zhuang, bishop of Shantou
A priest of the official Church, recalls the 88 year old bishop that the Vatican wants to replace with an illegitimate bishop, to please the regime. Mons. Zhuang Jianjian became an underground bishop at the behest of the Vatican in 2006. Card. Zen and Msgr. Zhuang, image of the faithful Church, "which provokes an immense sadness and a sense of impotence". The hopes of card. Parolin to console "the past and present sufferings of Chinese Catholics".
CHINA - VATICAN - HONG KONG
Card. Zen on the bishops of Shantou and Mindong
Card. Joseph Zen
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong confirms the information published in recent days by AsiaNews and reveals details of his conversation with Pope Francis on these topics: "Do not create another Mindszenty case", the primate of Hungary whom the Vatican forced to leave the country, appointing a successor in Budapest, at the will of the communist government of the time.
14/02/2018 SINGAPORE - VATICAN
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.