In the 10 Muslim-dominated districts that will go to polls on Saturday,the BJP is hopeful of springing a surprise in many seats. BJP leaders are confident that their party would out perform its 2007 tally when eight of its candidates won from these districts.
They are pinning their hopes not so much on the partys own efforts but on the Muslim reservation issue raked up by the Congress and Samajwadi Party and more so on many Muslim candidates in the fray,thanks to the remaining political parties.
Muslim voters can get divided between the Congress,SP,BSP and other smaller outfits like Peace Party. Hindu votes would come in favour of Hindu candidates, said Ramji Singh,in-charge of the party in west UP.
Among all the Hindu candidates here,BJP candidates can get the majority of votes as they helped Hindus whenever they were harassed by administration or certain elements among Muslims, Singh added.
In particular,BJP leaders expect to do well in Nazimabad,Barhpur,Bijnor,Chandpur,Nurpur,Swar,Chamrawa,Thakurdwara,Moradabad Rural,Moradabad Rural,Kundakai and Kath. Of the 17 candidates in Swar Assembly seat,14 are Muslims. BJP leaders are expecting that their candidate Laxmi Saini can win here as she belongs to OBC. Following the Muslim reservation issue,OBC voters are inclined towards BJP as we are the only ones who opposed religion-based reservation, said Mahendra Singh,BJP state vice-president.
Likewise,15 candidates in Chamwara,10 in Rampur,7 in Thakurdwara,9 in Moradabad Rural are Muslims. BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi said: The BJP will win at least 26 seats in 60 constituencies.
In the last Assembly elections,BJP had won from Shahjahanpur,Lakhimpur,Badaun,Bareilly,Pilibhit,Jyotiba Phule Nagar and Rampur.