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Caste-based parties will be crutical in UP's final phase

IANS  |  Lucknow 

Apna Dal, (SBSP) and the These are the three caste based political outfits that will decide the outcome of elections to the Lok Sabha in the final phase.

These three parties have forced the elections in eastern to be contested on caste arithmetic.

The is a Kurmi-based outfit and its area of influence extends from Varanasi, to and

The Apna Dal, led by Anupriya Patel, is with the while its breakaway faction led by Anupriya's mother is in alliance with the

The Anupriya Patel-led is contesting two seats - and Robertsganj - in the final phase and is ensuring support to the BJP.

The (SBSP) was a BJP ally till recently when its declared that he was snapping ties with BJP and fielding his own candidates in the elections.

The SBSP's area of influence is in districts like Ghazipur, Mau, and In all these constituencies, Rajbhar voters have a sizeable number - 50,000 to one lakh.

has announced his support to in form where is contesting.

Political pundits are now speculating the extent of damage that Rajbhar could cause the BJP in the final phase.

The Nishad Party, which has emerged as a force to reckon with in recent months, enjoys the support of the Nishad community in Gorakhpur and in districts along the

It was who had contested on a Samajwadi ticket and won the Gorakhpur seat in a by-election last year. He has now joined the BJP.

Though the is supporting the BJP, the Nishad community, by and large, is upset with the BJP which has not fulfilled its promise of installing a statue of Nishad Raj in Gorakhpur.

It is noteworthy that the BJP had scripted its victory in 2014 and 2017 elections by bringing SBSP and into its fold and projecting a pro-OBC image.

The caste slant in the final phase of elections is evident from the fact that even had to underline the fact that he belonged to the OBC category in his election speeches.

The OBC votes in the final phase will play a decisive role since they form almost 40 per cent of the voter population.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 15:18 IST
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