Polarisation of votes played a major role in BJP’s UP win

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the historic Red Fort during Independence Day celebrations in Delhi, India, August 15, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

KANPUR: How are Rahul, Akhilesh and Mayawati infuriated at their defeats in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections is evidently clear from their respective statements? They have been nearly obliterated in the challenge given by the BJP.

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What was once done by Indira Gandhi has been achieved by Modi now. He knows how to polarise the Hindu votes in favour of the BJP as Indira Gandhi knew tactics of garnering lower castes votes in favour of the Congress.

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He appeared to be following her strategies in extending his victory wheels in state after state. A tremendously big victory in the most populous state of the country deserves applause for him but it is not wholly an outcome due to his popularity.

It is the ultimate result of the division of votes between the Hindu and the Muslim votes. If it was Modi wave, the Muslim candidates in case of given a chance to contest would surely have registered a victory. But it not acceptable to accept for it created a Hindu wave for sweeping the polls. As a result, the number of Muslim MLAs has reduced to 25 much below the previous total. Azam Khan & son has restored its eminence despite all the odds.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi saving themselves from electric wire during a road show on January 29, 2017 in Lucknow, India. (Hindustan Times Photo)

Modi in his 22 election campaigning rallies covering as many as 132 seats did not falter raising points directly hitting at the communal angles. The most famous speech which laid emphasis upon more comparatively proper upkeep of the graveyards than the burning Ghats communicated the voters what was aimed to procure from them. The matter was in no way Greek to them. Our PM is indeed a politician of his own experienced competence. He like Indira Gandhi has learnt the knack of political intricacies by dint of his personal efforts.

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He is well aware of the politics at the grass root level that’s why he can comfortably ingratiate majority of the votes despite oppositions’ criticism. Like other political parties, he also plans moves to augment his party’s position.

He turns himself into a mass leader but other politicians are somewhere lacking due to inexperience. However, the constant influence of creed into politics will prove to be disastrous for the country’s good as a Congressman stated of its bad impact on democratic values.

Acerbic remarks subdued under communal rhetoric utterly. Aligning with lesser known political parties like Apna Dal & Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party he engrossed votes of Kurmi votes as well as other backwards caste votes which could need to be studied by the BSP supremo whose brother somewhere also damaged her prospects.

Now elected representative from Padrauna constituency he brought a big chunk of backwards into the saffron fold. But the surgical strike was also used as a ladder to widen the Hindu-Muslim gap. If on one hand, he bettered the caste equation, on another hand he did not distance himself from using creed card by the military action across the Line of Control.

Bemoaning and devastated Mayawati fielded nearly one hundred candidates and later even expressed her deep anguish over defeats of their Muslim candidates. She was not ready to apprehend that the Muslim votes were divided into a direct fight with the SP-Congress alliance. Her chosen candidate Mukhtar Ansari emerged victorious only because of BJP’s absence from that seat.
As regards Muslim voters tilting towards the BJP, it cannot be altogether rejected.

They not only voted for the party but also raised slogans in favour of Modi. They accepted of his leadership in the way they were considering proper and perfect. Several young Muslim ladies regarded him as a good speaker who reads the sentiments of the people. No Muslim candidate can win a seat if he does not get others votes.

On the contrary, a Hindu candidate could be elected upon purely majoritarian votes. This is what has happened in the latest edition of the UP polls. The BJP has secured more than 40% votes in the state. Like a cricketer, Modi has also helped BJP cross three centuries totalling to 325 seats. Such unprecedented results were seen in the Congress Party’s win of 388 seats after independence. This was followed by the Janata Party’s record of 352 seats in 1977.

Again, the Congress Party came with a tally of 308 seats on the political horizon in 1980. Turning to the percentage figure, we find the Janata Party accomplished above 48.04 % in 1977 and the Congress got 48% in 1958 and 42.42 % in 1951 respectively.

The Bhartiya Janata Party has been contesting assembly elections in UP since 1985 when it secured only 16 seats. It got 221 seats in 1991, 177 seats in 1993 and 47 seats in 2012. The up-to-date position matches up with the views of a BJP leader who said that we failed to break caste factor in Bihar while UP experience remained finally dissimilar. Our experienced Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a completely indigenous person who is now considering over the selection of able-bodied dark horse for running the affairs of the most populous state.

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