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Mission 2019: Amit Shah aims to wean away Yadav votes from SP

Ongoing social outreach programme for the Yadavs in UP will help BJP in meeting its target

Virendra Singh Rawat  |  Lucknow 

BJP, Amit Shah, Yodi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditiyanath and BJP President Amit Shah wave at their supporters after having lunch at a party worker's residence in Lucknow on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

The ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in has decided to dilute the vote bank of its rival Samajwadi Party (SP) through its ongoing social outreach programme for the Yadav community in the state.
had, during the state assembly elections, followed a similar policy for the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and reaped electoral benefits in successive polls, thereby, reflecting a severe erosion in the latter’s electoral base.

On Saturday, President arrived at Lucknow for his three-day visit in the city. His arrival was followed by the resignation of three state legislators from the legislative council. Out of them, two belonged to Akhilesh Yadav’s party, while one hailed from

As part of the party’s ongoing social outreach programme, Shah visited the residence of a booth-level party worker and shared a meal with Sonu Yadav’s family.

The president was accompanied by CM and other senior party leaders during his visit in the outskirts of the state capital.

leaders have been taking measures to expand their support base across the country. The party seems to be gaining from such endeavours, even as rival parties are faced with the issue of legislators deserting parent outfits across the country.

The measures could help the ruling party in the 2019 elections, when Prime Minister is likely to seek a re-election. UP, being the largest state, accounts for the maximum number of seats (80) in the lower house of the Parliament. During the 2014 elections, the state had added around 73 seats to the kitty. 

In UP, while has been able to consolidate its support base across different castes, including dalits and backward castes, the Yadavs- one of the most dominant backward communities in the state, has stood firm with so far.  The community regards SP’s patron, Mulayam Singh Yadav, as its de facto leader in

Currently, the backward castes account for around 45 per cent of the total number of eligible voters in Out of this, around 9 per cent is constituted by the Yadavs. 

Meanwhile, increasing rift within the erstwhile ruling has been a major cause of concern for the opposition party. In the recently concluded Presidential elections as well, schisms were visible with the Mulayam camp openly supporting BJP’s Ram Nath Kovind.

Akhilesh and Mayawati, on their part, trained guns on for allegedly orchestrating the resignations in the party. Akhilesh claimed was jittery to face the by-poll to elect their five ministers, including Yogi, to Vidhan Sabha, since they were still not members of either house of legislature and which is mandatory within 6 months of assuming public office.

Adityanath along with four other state ministers are yet to be elected members of the legislature. All five need to be elected into either the Vidhan Sabha or the Vidhan Parishad by September 19.

Meanwhile, there are speculations that the present situation in the region may lead to more legislators deserting the parent camps, as far as the opposition parties are concerned.
Reports of Shivpal Yadav joining the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) are also being floated. This could further weaken the Akhilesh camp and provide an alternative to the disgruntled party leaders, including some members of his own Yadav clan following the bitter power struggle.

First Published: Sun, July 30 2017. 18:09 IST