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DECODING THE TRIUMPH OF BJP IN THE BY-POLLS IN UP
Lucknow: It can be deduced precisely from the results of the by-elections held in two Lok Sabha seats in UP that while the BJP contested the elections in a calibrated manner, the opposition parties, especially the SP and BSP, had entered the fray half-heartedly. Even the SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati refrained from campaigning on the ground while the well-oiled machinery of the organization and the government went full throttle on behalf of the BJP. As a result of which the strong bastions of SP collapsed. It is worth mentioning that under the wellthought-out plan in M u s l i m - d o m i n at e d Rampur, BJP fielded Ghanshyam Lodhi.
Actually, apart from getting the support of 2 lakh Lodh voters here, the BJP’s calculation was also based on including 1.25 lakh OBC castes and upper castes in its favor.
Mayawati’s decision not to contest from here proved to be a boon for the BJP camp, due to which the BSP’s base voters shifted towards Ghanshyam Lodhi. Under the leadership of state Finance Minister Suresh Khanna, one and a half dozen Yogi ministers were entrusted with the responsibility of achieving the goal of electoral victory. Also, party officials, who have a strong hold among different caste groups, ensured active participation in mobilizing the voters.
Enraged by his party’s decision not to contest elections, Congress’s veteran and five-term MLA Nawab Kazim Ali Khan alias Naved Mian supported the BJP, which also dented the SP’s prospects. Azam Khan’s sarcastic comments also acted as a negative catalyst for SP.
If one looks at Azamgarh by-election, here the contest had become triangular after the BSP fielded Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali. BJP candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav aka Nirahua, who was runner-up in the last election against Akhilesh, emerged as the winner this time. There was a division of Muslim & Yadav votes here; which paved the way for BJP to get the lead. Despite the request of party workers in Azamgarh, the SP Chief did not hold any public meetings. On the lines of Mayawati, he adopted the option of campaigning through tweets and statements.