| Lucknow |
Published:March 17, 2017 3:39 am
One of the factors that significantly contributed to the BJP’s resounding victory in the state Assembly polls was its strategy to field candidates from the same caste as their counterparts from BSP in nearly 50 seats.
This drastically reduced the chances of Mayawati’s party getting a substantial amount of votes even from its traditional votebank.
Hence, the BSP’s formula of combining its core support base of Jatavs with votes from its candidates’ castes failed miserably.
As part of its gameplan, the BJP named its nominees towards the end of January, while BSP had already announced its candidate list in the first week of the month.
In the Tindwari seat of Banda district — which has about 30,000 members of the Prajapati caste — the BSP chose Jagdish Prajapati as its candidate for polls.
From the same seat, BJP fielded Brajesh Prajapati, who got 82,197 votes as opposed to Jagdish, who managed just 44,790, much lesser than the total number of Jatavs who are considered traditional BSP voters.
In the Chitrakoot seat, the BSP named Jagdish Prasad Gautam, a Brahmin, as a nominee. The BJP also fielded a Brahmin, Chandrika Prasad Upadhyaya, who got 90,366 votes and won, while Jagdish stood third with just 47,780 votes.
In neighbouring Manikpur, where the BSP nominee was sitting MLA Chandrabhan Singh Patel, a Kurmi leader, the BJP decided to field RK Singh Patel, a former BSP leader of Kurmi caste. Singh won with 84,988 votes, while Chandrabhan was relegated to third place with just 32,498 votes.
In Lalitpur, Santosh Kushwaha was chosen as BSP’s nominee. BJP fielded Ramratan Kushwaha, who secured 1,56,942 votes, while Santosh got just 55,549 votes and stood third.