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UTTAR PRADESH-Backwards and Dalits like a Back Seat

'Backwards' and 'Dalits' Take a Back Seat Amaresh Mishra FOR an election which appears all set, once again, to decide the contours of national politics, the build up to the latest electoral round in UP is pathetically devoid of lustre. All political parties have hyped their importance for their respective camps -the United Front (UF) has gone as far as to hinge the fate of its government at the centre on its outcome, the BJP knows that after developments in Gujarat and the court summons to Advani in the hawala case it is left to UP to conduct salvaging operations, and the Congress is waiting for its resurrection. The BSP is finally making a bid for power and the chief of the Samaj wadi Party is fighting for his political survival. But the crucial bind in which the parties find themselves is not being translated into raising of the political pitch. The party which is seen to be the front runner, the BJP, is not even frontally attacking its main rival the UF led by the SP and all other parties are somehow failing to record any level of enthusiasm amongst their workers. Even the type of issues that were dominant till a few years ago, like Mandal and mandir are conspicuous by their absence and the familiar invocation of populist issues is also missing.

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