Friday, May 11, 2007

Untouchables knock out other low caste party with help of brahmins (huh?)

Only in India, eh. Mayawati, the "Dalit Queen" and head of BSP party, won upset victory in Uttar Pradesh against arch rival and current Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, head of Samajwadi Party. The BSP is traditional party of untouchables while Samajwadi is party of OBCs (other backward classes). The Samajwadi's have won the support of increasing numbers of Muslims and so the BSP responded by wooing Brahmins. Confused? Welcome to Indian politics! If you can't make heads or tails out of any of this, the one thing to keep in mind is that Congress was wiped out in UP and so this is yet another blow to the ruling coalition and it's hopes (no longer very strongly held) for more reform.

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