Ahead of the 2022 elections, parties begin electoral activity in eastern UP
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has held more than 40 meetings in Varanasi and other districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh over the past 50 days, even as the party called on its workers to ” inform the population about the social protection programs of the Center and of the State government. The Samajwadi Party (SP), which hopes to return to power in Uttar Pradesh, has held around 20 meetings in Varanasi and surrounding areas alone as political parties launched their electoral activities from the eastern region of the country. ‘State before the legislative elections at the beginning of next year. .
The BJP won 34 seats, Apna Dal (S) four, Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) three, SP 12 seats and Bahujan Samaj Party seven of the 61 assembly seats in eastern Uttar Pradesh in 2017. With 312 seats in the 403-member House, the BJP came to power in the state more than four years ago. Congress only managed to win seven seats, BSP 19, SP 47 in the 2017 polls.
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SP leader Ashutosh Sinha said he had held meetings with party workers in Varanasi, Jaunpur, Sonbhadra, Ghazipur and Chandauli to mobilize them for the 2022 elections. He added that he also met officials of Zilla Parishad in these neighborhoods. “Several meetings also took place in Ballia, Azamgarh, Bhadohi and Mirzapur. “
Leaders of the BJP, Apna Dal, SBSP and other small parties also said they have held meetings in the region, where voters from other backward classes (OBC) and listed castes (SC) play a role. decisive in more than 50 seats in 10 neighborhoods. Political experts say CBOs and Dalits make up around 60% of the region’s population and every political party is trying to gain their support.
Satish Kumar, a political analyst, said political parties are trying to broaden their base and focus on CBOs and SCs. He added that the social coalition that the BJP was able to form ahead of the 2017 parliamentary elections has not remained intact. Kumar said the SP, which has strong support in the region, will certainly benefit. He added that the ruling opposition and the differences between parties such as the SBSP and BJP would also benefit the SP.
The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hindu University of Banaras, Kaushal Kishore Mishra, said eastern Uttar Pradesh has always been politically crucial, but its importance has increased since Varanasi was the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi since 2014. He added that the smaller parties are focusing on eastern Uttar Pradesh to increase their bargaining power even though the elections are more than seven months away. Mishra said some of these small parties have influence in five to ten seats because of their caste support. “Others have influence in 10 to 20 seats. While these political parties cannot win elections on their own, they could ruin the chances of candidates from major political parties. “