Type
Article
Title
Castes, Communities and Parties in Uttar Pradesh
In
Economic and Political Weekly
Author(s)
JAFFRELOT Christophe - Centre de recherches internationales (Author)
VERNIERS Gilles - Centre de recherches internationales (Author)
Editor
IN
Volume
47
Number
32
Pages
89 - 93 p.
ISSN
00129976
Abstract
EN
A profi ling of the caste backgrounds of candidates fi elded by the four main political parties in Uttar Pradesh in the assembly elections, the elected legislators and ministers reveals some interesting trends. There is a stable presence of upper caste candidates from all major parties, with the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress continuing to fi eld them predominantly, while the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have become more of "catch-all" parties, similar yet very different from the Congress Party of the past. The study of ministers and MLAs reveals a more complex picture of upper caste strength in representation.

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