Lucknow. In the midst of the defection season in Uttar Pradesh (UP), top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are churning out tickets in Delhi. Meanwhile, it is being said that four MLAs of the party have said goodbye to the party in Lucknow and now their attitude is towards the Samajwadi Party (SP). Here, ‘leader’ and former BJP minister Swami Prasad Maurya has claimed that this step is yet to be taken from his side.
The BJP has 312 MLAs in UP and it is believed that one-fourth of them are unlikely to get tickets. The BJP feels that there is an anti-incumbency wave at the local level against some of the MLAs. In these circumstances, more such developments are expected in the party, as leaders are looking for better opportunities for themselves. In a conversation with Stuff Unknown, BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi quotes three MLAs Subhash Pasi (SP), Vandana Singh (BSP), Aditi Singh (Congress) and four SP MLCs Narendra Bhati, Pappu Singh, CP Chand and Ram Niranjan. Including how 10 senior leaders of other parties joined BJP.
However, these changes are also being linked to the claims of ’80 vs 20′ made by CM Yogi Adityanath. Which is contested by Akhilesh Yadav with a ‘caste alliance based on social justice’. Yadav is trying to show that not only the traditional Muslim-Yadav (MY) vote bank of SP, but backward castes are also shifting towards SP in the upcoming elections, as in the chain of leaders of BSP and now BJP. It is seen in me, who are moving towards SP.
Akhilesh Yadav had fought the last election on the slogan of development (work speaks), but he is clearly fighting this election on the name of caste and is returning to the traditional system caste politics of UP. It also shows the influence of Akhilesh’s father Mulayam Singh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Singh in the election strategy this time. There can be a debate about the impact of Swami Prasad Maurya on 6 per cent Maurya population in the state. In such a situation, if the BJP has senior Maurya leaders like Deputy CM to compensate for the loss, then things are better for the SP as well.
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The BJP, on the other hand, is building its campaign on the issue that the state has moved beyond the caste debate. At the same time ‘Muslim-Yadav’ is trying to counter polarization of the majority against polarization. This explains the CM’s statement that this election is ’80 vs 20′ and supports the popular slogan of ‘Jo Ram ko Laye Hai, Hum Unko Laayenge’. The CM has also put forward a new word ‘cultural nationalism’ to make the promise of development of Ram Mandir, Kashi Vishwanath Corridor and Mathura a big election promise.
In the form of CM Yogi, BJP has such a leader, who can speak openly on the issue and leaves nothing to imagine. Will voters in UP vote on the basis of caste rule or will they act on the call of CM Yogi. This is a far more urgent question in the upcoming election than the changes taking place in the election season.
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Tags: Akhilesh Yadav, Assembly Elections 2022, BJP, SP, Swami prasad maurya, UP Assembly Election 2022, yogi adityanath