As Mayawati's BSP Draws Blank, Chandra Shekhar Azad Emerges As New Dalit Face With Big Win In UP

Chandra Shekhar, who fought the elections under the banner of his political party - the Azad Samaj Party (ASP), secured 5,12,552 votes in Uttar Pradesh's Nagina Lok Sabha constituency while his nearest rival, BJP's Om Kumar, polled in 3,61,079 votes. Bahujan Samaj Party candidate managed just 13,272 votes in the SC-reserved seat.
Chandrashekhar Azad

With Mayawati's BSP having weakened over the last decade, the firebrand leader is busy trying to fill the vacuum created in Dalit politics in Uttar Pradesh.

Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party, seen as the face of Dalit politics in India, appears to be under threat from a new challenger - Chandra Shekhar Azad known for his Bhim Army group. The recent results of the Lok Sabha polls - where Mayawati's BSP drew a blank while Azad won his seat by over 1.5 lakh votes - has helped him emerge as the face of the Scheduled Castes in Uttar Pradesh.
Chandra Shekhar, who fought the elections under the banner of his political party - the Azad Samaj Party (ASP), secured 5,12,552 votes in Uttar Pradesh's Nagina Lok Sabha constituency while his nearest rival, BJP's Om Kumar, polled in 3,61,079 votes. Bahujan Samaj Party candidate managed just 13,272 votes in the SC-reserved seat.
According to the Print, 37-year-old Azad enjoys huge popularity among the youth. The craze is such that many youngsters have photos taken with him as their phone wallpapers. His supporters post dozens of his speeches as their WhatsApp statuses daily. While Azad enjoys the support of the youth, the older generation seem disillusioned with Mayawati.
With Mayawati's BSP having weakened over the last decade, the firebrand leader is busy trying to fill the vacuum created in Dalit politics in Uttar Pradesh. At his public meetings, Azad frequently takes the names of Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram, the latter's image is their in party’s flag.
"Nagina is my karmbhoomi, I am not going to leave it," Azad, who is a resident of Saharanpur, was quoted as saying by the The Print.
On being labelled as an outsider in Nagina, he says: "If Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be from Gujarat and contest in Varanasi, then Nagina is very close to my district."
In 2019 elections, BSP's Girish Chandra had won the seat by 1,66,832 votes. In 2014, the seat elected the BJP, and it was the Samajwadi Party in 2009.
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