BJP has hit the ground running in UP, Opposition looking for ‘suitable match’

  • | Tuesday | 5th December, 2023

LUCKNOW: In view of Bharatiya Janata Partys clean sweep in three states from the heartland -- Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh -- the Opposition in UP will have to redraw their strategy for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.The status as of now, however, is that major opposition parties are still taking time to find a compatible partner after two key INDIA constituents indulged in verbal duel during the MP polls. BJP, on the other hand, has already roped in a private agency to carry out surveys to ascertain the level of anti-incumbency against its sitting MPs in the state.After a dismal show by the SP and BSP in three states -- only BSP could win two seats in Rajasthan -- UP looks an uphill task for them. "As of now, neither of the two can claim to be in a direct fight with BJP as of now. So, going solo for them is not an option which could pose any substantial challenge to the BJP-led NDA," says a political analyst.Despite this, BSP chief Mayawati continues to claim that her party would go it alone in the Lok Sabha polls. Political observers believe that behinds Mayawatis proclamation is the BSPs fear of losing its vote base completely to the Congress. The SP will also have the same threat, as the Congress during its good old days thrived on Dalit and Muslim vote base.The Rashtriya Lok Dal and Chandrashekhars Azad Samaj Party might also come into play if talks of alliance gain pace from the Opposition camp.Another observer said if by any chance, all these parties join hands even then there will be a tough fight only on 20 seats while the BJP would be comfortable on 60 other seats provided the partys candidate selection is up to the mark.Elaborating, he said that it was the wrong choice of candidates on several seats both in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan that led to the BJP losing those seats. Had the selection been right, the BJP would have comfortably won even more seats, he said and cited the example of Sheo and Chittorgarh seats in Rajasthan.Sheo was won by BJP rebel Ravindra Singh Bhati while the BJP candidate stood on fourth position. Similarly, Chittorgarh was won by another BJP rebel and sitting MLA Chandrabhan Akya, who defeated BJP candidate Narpat Singh Rajvi, the son-in-law of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. Similarly, MP home minister Narottam Misra and Union minister Faggan Singh Kulaste also lost.Sources within the BJP said that it is probably to put a check on such situations in Uttar Pradesh, an agency has been roped in to carry out a survey to ascertain the popularity and winnability of sitting MPs.The survey is on for the past few days, sources said and added that the survey team has been tasked to see the anti-incumbency of the sitting MPs, his availability in the constituency, his popularity among the voters in his or her constituency. According to sources, the saffron party is likely to carry out another survey thereafter to find out who can replace the sitting MPs if any of them are facing anti-incumbency.

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