After Backward Classes, Muslims and Dalits, the Brahmins seem to play a crucial role in UP politics because of its numerical strength. This is the reason the SP government has offered several plum posts to Brahmins. Its arch rival Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has also gave prominence in its agenda.

Earlier, the Brahmins were believed to be inclined towards Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). But the community has so far stood clear of being a vote bank of a particular party.

In 2007 Assembly polls, BSP managed to clinch highest number of seats by applying its famous social engineering formula. The Mayawati-led party also grabbed majority of Brahmin votes in 2009 parliamentary elections.

Now BSP and SP both are trying to take away the large part of the Brahmin vote share in 2014 general elections to increase their clout in national politics.

(JPN/Bureau)

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