Uma,Kushwaha bringing votes in Bundelkhand,Congress minority quota rant helped in polarisation
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 after the poll results, a senior leader of the BJP claimed.
Most of the BJP leaders are unanimous in their views that there was no hope for the party to gain in Bundelkhand before the beginning of 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 candidates - have worked in favour of party in the region, 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. The party got a good message about its scope for expanding its base in Auraiya district. This is a new area where party can eye to expand its base in future, another BJP leader said. 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. In Etawah town,BJP candidate Ashok Dubey got good support from voters who belong to anti-SP camp, he said.
Reports from Devipatan range is equally encouraging,they said. According to them,the race among various political parties to select Muslims as their nominees in the region have given advantage to the BJP candidates. The BJP candidates are in good fight in Kaiserganj,Balha,Mahishi,Gonda city and Bhinga in this region. The party is all set to increase its vote share if it fails to bag any seat, another leader said.
The BJP candidates are expected to show good performance in Gorakhpur range also. Apart from Yogi Adityanath factor,which has worked in its favour in a few constituency,the presence of Peace Party candidates in race has also benefited the party.
The voting trend in these regions clearly showed that the BJP is gaining because of the disappointment among a particular section of voters over the Congress partys special emphasis on giving reservation to Muslims within the OBC quota. By attempting to woo Muslim voters over Batala House encounter case,the Congress has virtually played into the hands of BJP,they said.