The Delhi Assembly polls have become an opportunity for the BJP to test the inclination of Jat and Gujjar communities belonging to western UP districts towards the party.
The party has engaged senior leaders and workers from western UP for election management in booths and campaigning in 20 Assembly constituencies in Delhis trans-Yamuna area,where people of these two communities live in large numbers.
The party has engaged senior office-bearers,MLAs and others to campaign for candidates in these constituencies. These leaders and workers are working under the supervision of the partys state secretary Ashwini Tyagi,who belongs to Meerut.
Tyagi has appointed 48 leaders and workers from west UP districts as in-charge and co-incharge in these 20 constituencies.
While party workers from other adjoining states,including Haryana,Punjab and Himachal Pradesh,have also been engaged for the Delhi polls,sources said the responsibility of these 20 constituencies had been given specifically to west UP leaders. The party is expecting that these communities will vote in favour of the BJP both in the current Assembly polls and next Lok Sabha elections.
Tyagi said these constituencies have a large number of people from Baghpat,Meerut,Saharanpur,Muzaffarnagar and Bijnor,among others.
The 20 constituencies where BJP workers from western UP are engaged fall under Delhis Mayur Vihar,Shahdara,Naveen Shahdara and Northeast Delhi areas. Naveen Shahdara has a sizeable population of Jats and Gujjars from Baghpat and Meerut.
BJPs west UP president Bhupendra Singh confirmed that various senior leaders and MLAs from the region had been given the responsibility of campaigning and booth management for party candidates in these four districts. There is a majority of Jats and Gujjars in 20 constituencies of these four districts. They belong to western UP districts but live in Delhi, Singh said.
A west UP leader,who has been assigned responsibility of Jangpura Assembly constituency,said,When we meet the Jats and Gujjars in these constituencies,they express their anger over the recent riots.