Believing that a perfect opposition unit only theoretically exists in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP focuses its strategy on securing more than 50% of the vote in the 2022 Assembly polls to blunt any consolidation against them.
To further consolidate its Hindu votes, the Saffron party also plans to highlight the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and the redevelopment of the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi in the run-up to legislative elections.
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To achieve the objective of more than 50 percent of the vote in its favor, the Saffron Party is working on two fronts, on the one hand strengthening the organization at the level of the stands and on the other hand, by focusing on Development and welfare measures that have taken place in Uttar Pradesh over the past five years under the BJP Central and State government.
In the 2019 polls in Lok Sabha, the BJP won nearly 50% of the vote and 64 out of 80 seats. In the last Assembly polls in 2017, the BJP and its alliance partner won 324 out of 403 seats. in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP won around 40% of the total vote in the last Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.
“We are working to get more than 50 percent of the vote this time too and that will be the key strategy in Uttar Pradesh. In the latest Lok Sabha 2019 polls, despite the challenge of the Samajwadi Party’s (SP) larger alliance and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), we won 64 seats with our alliance partner Apna Dal, and also got 50 percent of the vote. The perfect opposition unit only theoretically exists in Uttar Pradesh and over paper, âsaid BJP Uttar Pradesh vice-president Vijay Bahadur Pathak.
To achieve the goal of getting more than 50 percent of the vote, the BJP launched jeeto stand, chunav jeeto (wins voting booths, wins elections). The BJP has formed committees in over 1.53 lakh of voting booths in Uttar Pradesh. The ruling party also completed the nomination of âpanna pramukhâ on every page of the electoral roll. These voting booth workers began to reach out to voters with the works of the government of Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath.
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In view of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, the BJP is also recruiting more than 1.5 crore in new members in the state. Currently, the BJP has over 2.5 million members in Uttar Pradesh.
âAs per plan, BJP workers are making a minimum of 100 new members in more than 1.53 lakh voting booths, where the party has a committee, in Uttar Pradesh. During the membership campaign, the party aims to enroll at least 1.5 crore members in the state, âsaid a party leader.
On its core Hindutva ideological agenda, the BJP has held a month-long celebration starting December 13, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the massive redevelopment and beautification of Kashi Vishwanath Temple to the nation.
On the social engineering front, to woo all communities ahead of next year’s Assembly polls, the party has started organizing a caste-specific outreach program for other backward classes (OBCs) and the annexed castes (SC). In line with the strategy, the programs will focus on all castes and sub-castes of CBOs and SCs.
Particular emphasis will be placed on the CBO caste as they constitute over 50 percent of the state’s total electorate. Non-Yadav CBOs have played an important role in the rise of BJP in recent times. âCBOs are electoral important in Uttar Pradesh. This time we are also trying to gain the support of all CBO communities, especially non-Yadavs,â a party insider said.
Among SC communities, the BJP is trying to take over the BSP’s voice bank roads by projecting the former governor of Uttarakhand and national vice president of the Baby Rani Maurya party as its Dalit face in the state against former Chief Minister Mayawati.
Both Maurya and Mayawati belong to the dominant Jatav community, which represents more than half of the Dalit community. Jatav represents 11 percent of the total 21 percent of the Dalit population in Uttar Pradesh. The Jatavs are still with Mayawati and any breach in the Jatav voice bank will weaken Mayawati and strengthen the BJP.
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