The mood in the BJP camp is upbeat with partys internal reports giving a feedback that many candidates have performed much better than expected across the state where elections have been held till now. Although state BJP leaders said it was too early to predict the gain in terms of number,they added that the party poised to make its presence felt in Bundelkhand region where it had drawn a blank in the 2007 Assembly elections.
Similarly,initial reports have suggested that BJP candidates are in close race with nominees from other parties in Devipatan and Gorakhpur regions. Sources in the BJP admitted that the partys performance in Bundelkhand region have come as a shot in their arms. Five years ago,the BJP had won 49 seats and remained the third major political force in the state after the ruling BSP and Samajwadi Party. Our assessment is very clear that it is only the ruling BSP,which is losing its seats. We are poised for substantial gain, a senior leader claimed.
Most BJP leaders are unanimous in their views that there was no hope for the party to gain in Bundelkhand before the beginning of the election process. But,two factors the introduction of former MP chief minister Uma Bharti to UP politics and an indirect campaign launched by former family welfare minister Babu Singh Kushwaha in favour of the BJP have worked in favour of the party, felt a BJP leader.
Moreover,partys good performance in Etawah and adjoining areas new territories for the BJP have come as a pleasant news to them. As per the report,BJP candidates have given a good fight in Dibiyapur and Auraiya seats,besides Bharthana and Etawah in this region.
Reports from Devipatan is equally encouraging,said party leaders,adding that candidates were expected to show good performance in Gorakhpur range also.
He added the good thing for the party is that it has manage to polarise the upper castes votes in favour of BJPs Shivpratap Lodh,a member of Lodh Rajput caste. Similarly,upper castes voters mostly favoured the BJP candidate Chhaki Lal in Auraiya,which is under the reserved category.
Kulkarni backs Uma as CM
Agra: Sudheendra Kulkarni,former aide of L K Advani,on Sunday supported BJP leader Uma Bharti as partys chief ministerial candidate,days after party chief Nitin Gadkari had reportedly projected her as the leading candidate of the party. Recently,Gadkaris statement,in which he reportedly projected Bharti as the chief ministerial candidate in UP elections,had created a flutter within the party. If BJP comes to power Uma Bhartis name will be on the top,and what Gadkari has said is correct, Kulkarni said here.