Nawanshahr: The unpredictable and sensitive ‘Doaba’ in Punjab has always been a battleground for both the Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) when it comes to wooing the dalit vote banks for encashing success in the Assembly elections.

Punjab, being the home turf of BSP ideologue and iconic Dalit leader Babu Kanshi Ram and having highest share of scheduled caste (30 percent) population, gives an additional advantage to the Mayawati-led BSP against any other political faction.

This is the fundamental reason why the BSP is an eyesore for the Congress in Punjab elections.

Adding to the woes of the Congress, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati here on Saturday targeted the Congress and UPA government and left no stone unturned to encash the maximum Dalit votes from the highly crucial 27 seats of Doaba region.

The political history of Doaba clearly signifies that the BSP had mostly gained from this region during the elections.

In 2007, the BSP had received more votes than the Congress. However, the edge over the Congress was not enough for the BSP to come to power in Punjab.

However, the electoral prospects of the region have always been crucial for every party including the SAD and the BJP.

However, with the highest 35 percent Dalit population, the politically unpredictable Doaba region is a threat to the electoral victory of the Congress but the changing political, social and economic dynamics of the Dalits in Punjab as well as the political instability of the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh can prove to be a sheer relief for the Congress in the upcoming 2012 Assembly elections in Punjab.

(JPN/Bureau)