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Samajwadi Party has slight edge in UP polls: Survey

 2016-08-23 07:53:52.0

akhilesh_yadav_CM NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh may well be headed for a triangular contest in the assembly polls due next year, with the ruling Samajwadi Party, holding a slight edge over main rivals BJP and BSP , according to an ABP News-Lokniti-CSDS survey. Around 30% of voters, surveyed from July 23 to August 7, said they would vote for SP if elections were held right now. As far as the seat projection for the 403-member House is concerned, the survey gives SP a slender lead with about 141-151 seats as the single largest party. With 124-134 seats, BJP does better than Mayawati's BSP+ . It gives Congress 8-14 seats. BJP is the choice of 27% of the voters, followed by BSP at 26%. Congress+ lags way behind with a mere 5% vote share. As compared to the assembly polls in 2012, BJP is projected to be the biggest gainer in terms of votes with an 11 percentage point swing in its favour. However when compared with the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, it is down by a massive 16 points. This is working to the benefit of both SP and BSP. The survey shows BJP is unable to retain the support of about 40% of voters who had backed it in the 2014 election, many of them Jatavs and Yadavs. The renewed dalit consolidation behind BSP could be the reason. Brahmin face Brajesh Pathak quits �BSP party, joins BJP Brajesh Pathak and one of the architects of Mayawati-led BSP's 2007 winning mantra of Brahmin-Dalit coalition, joined the BJP here on Monday. Pathak, a former Lok Sabha MP and sitting Rajya Sabha member, is a known Brahmin face in central UP. Pathak joined the BJP in the presence of party president Amit Shah, Union minister Mahesh Sharma and general secretaries Arun Singh and Anil Jain. He is the third big BSP member to quit the party. OBC leaders Swami Prasad Maurya and R K Choudhary have recently quit the party. Most BSP leaders were shocked at the exit of Pathak, who was the key organiser of Mayawati's Agra rally on Sunday. However, Pathak didn't share the stage whereas another Brahmin leader Ramveer Upadhyay and his wife were seated with the BSP supremo. "Sarva Samaj is being neglected by the BSP. There is also corruption within the party ," Pathak said after joining BJP.

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