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While assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh are round the corner, Akhilesh Yadav (SP) has been making well planned attempts to woo Brahmin voters, disgruntled due to “Thakur” politics of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The weak opposition by the Congress, with the floating appearance of Priyanka Gandhi and Mayawati led BSP being almost relegated to the back seat, the Samajwadi Party is expected to make resurgence with support of its traditional vote bank comprising Yadavs and Muslims and now additional Brahmin force.
Preparations for the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh elections is witnessing a strong attempt by Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) to stage a resurgence by accommodating the upper caste votes in addition to the Yadav-Muslim vote bank that the Party traditionally relies on. Recently Akhilesh held a Brahmin convention in an attempt to shake off its bias against the upper caste voters. The SP is also eying the expansion of its voter base by roping in members of the OBC electorate. This move is afoot as the Party is making an effort to unite smaller regional parties representing this category of the electorate in order to combat the formidable ruling BJP cadres.
As of now, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spear-headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is seen to be on a strong turf and is likely to score a facile win in the assembly polls that are slated for February-March 2022. The factor that weighs heavily in favor of the ruling BJP dispensation is that there is less likelihood of any united opposition front as was attempted in the previous state assembly elections in view of the bitter experience SP had after tying up with the Congress. This implies the probability of a quadrangular poll contest with BSP clamoring for Dalit votes, SP feeding on Yadavs and Muslims and the BJP enjoying mass appeal from the majority Hindu community.
Even though BJP’s upper hand in the assembly poll prospects is being widely acknowledged from both observers within and outside the Party, SP’s chances of capturing power in the state under the stewardship of Akhilesh Yadav is not an altogether given up cause. Everything rests on hope in the absence of any clear poll alliance to combat the ruling saffron brigade in the state. SP might have to wriggle out with an out-of-the-box strategy in the absence of the steadying influence of any of the other national level parties, namely Congress and Mayawati-led BSP.
Priyanka Gandhi’s recent attempt to capitalize on the Lakhimpur farmers’ massacre episode after courting arrest and allowing the video to go viral over social media chats is still a non-starter in the view of seasoned political observers from the state. “Mere rhetoric or playing to the gallery in front of mounted election gatherings will not help the Congress Party win or at least fare better in the poll bound state. For any opposition leader seeking to capture power in the state, what matters is he or she has a thorough study of the pulse of the people, meaning being adequately aware of local aspirations and issues that people in the region are faced with,” opined a senior political observer.
While it’s become clear that the mantle of spearheading the Congress poll cry at present rests with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, rumblings from the ground state that she is a far cry from commanding the status of a political face having mass popularity. Observers also remarked that in the previous state elections, though both the Gandhi scions participated in addressing rallies across the state, they failed to touch on people’s issues and relied heavily on rhetorical speeches. In addition, people feel that the Congress Party’s expectations of benefiting from Priyanka’s arrest and manhandling drama at the hands of the local police is unlikely to materialize in the form of a game changer.
The worrying factor for the otherwise strongly poised ruling BJP is their incurring the displeasure of the state’s Brahmin community on two counts. Firstly, the Brahmins are unhappy with the inadequate representation of their community in the state cabinet. Besides, they resent the fact that only two members of their community have been allotted important portfolios in the cabinet. There were also rumblings of disgruntlement over the handling of the high profile Dubey murder case.
12-14 % Vote in Brahmin in UP
63 Out of 403 MLAs are Brahmin
53 Brahmin MLA s are from BJP
3 Brahmin MLAs each are SP, BSP
1 Brahmin MLA from Cong, Apana Dal, NISHAD Party
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