With the intention of taking advantage of the infighting in Samajwadi Party and desertion by Bahujan Samaj Party leaders, the BJP has invested all its energy in winning the coming assembly election with a special focus on the backward sections, youth and women. In this connection, the BJP will organise a series of meetings in various districts of the state in coming two months.
The party had done extremely well in 2014 Lok Sabha polls by winning 73 out of 80 parliamentary seats and wants to replicate this performance in the assembly polls, too. Leaders, who quit the BSP and joined the BJP, have been asked to hold meetings in pockets dominated by backward communities to mould the public opinion in party’s favour. Leaders who have already held such meetings have witnessed desirable impact.
For instance, Swami Prasad Maurya, a strong Mauriya leader who joined the BJP after revolting against Mayawati, held a successful ‘Parivartan Rally’ of his community members. BSP MP Jujal Koshore's rally of dalits and Anupriya Patel's rally of Kurmis in Varanasi saw huge turnouts. Om Prakash Rajbhar, former Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) leader, too held a massive rally of his community in eastern UP. In 66 constituencies of eastern UP, the number of Rajbhar voters range from 50,000 to 100,000 and are represented by 135 legislators.
BJP national president Amit Shah had taken part in all these meetings and has been regularly visiting different parts of UP. The BJP has planned 200 meetings in coming months and leaders like Maurya, who represent the backward communities, have been entrusted with the task.
Another major concern for BJP is the youth votes. In 2012 assembly polls, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s youth brigade had played an important role in the victory of the SP. Keeping this in mind, the BJP is planning to hold youth meetings in all the districts of the state and a road map is being prepared. Earlier, the BJP had initiated a campaign to list young voters in the voting list and it plans to put forth its agenda for youths during the rallies. The command of this task has been given to Pankaj Singh, state general secretary.
For the women voters the party has planned to constitute five-member-committee of women at every booth. State meetings for women will be organised in all districts soon. Anupama Jaisawal and state vice president Kanta Kardam will be heading this task.