Farmer unrest fails to shake BJP in western UP: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Aditi Tandon
New Delhi, March 11

Year-long unrest by farmers, widely believed to dim the prospects of the ruling BJP in western Uttar Pradesh, has barely presented a challenge, with the party retaining most of its electoral base in the region and losing only 14 seats from its 2017 score.

Of the 113 western segments of the UP, which went to the polls in the first two phases, the BJP won 77 seats compared to 99 in 2017. The main rivals of the BJP, SP (28) and RLD (eight ), together won 36 seats compared to 18 in 2017. The RLD, which had only one deputy out of the 403 members of the Assembly in 2017, regained its lost base in the region.

The region’s jats rallied behind RLD leader Jayant Choudhary, who won some seats at the expense of the BJP. A striking feature of the Western UP results is the strong presence of Muslim candidates (19) in the SP-RLD’s list of 36 winners, signaling Muslim consolidation in some, if not all, of the region’s seats. It is also a sign of receding communal conflicts that marked the Muzaffarnagar riots phase after 2013 in the region. Equally significant is the defeat of incendiary BJP leaders Suresh Rana (Thana Bhawan) and Sangeet Som (Sardhana to Meerut) who made headlines during the riots.

Also in Kairana, controversial SP candidate Nahid Hassan defeated BJP’s Mriganka Singh despite Home Minister Amit Shah launching the BJP’s door-to-door campaign from that segment and s personally went to voters’ homes to report the exodus of Hindus from Kairana due to fear. local gangs. It was Mriganka’s late father, a BJP veteran, Hukum Singh, who first flagged the issue of the Hindu exodus from Kairana, the region most affected by the riots. Shamli was the other affected area where RLD candidate Parsanna Kumar defeated the BJP.

Community conflicts fade away?

Half of the SP-RLD winners (19 out of 36) in the region are Muslims in signs of dissipation of communal strife in the area affected by the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots

RLD returns to base

  • BJP wins 77 of 113 seats in western UP vs. 99 in 2017 polls
  • Its main rivals SP and RLD win 28 and 8 seats respectively (36 in total) against 18 in 2017
  • RLD regains lost base after getting a single seat in UP last time

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