Dalit is in core of BJP’s election strategies

Dalit is in core of BJP’s election strategies

Courtesy : NJ14/08/2018 08:13

 The Bharatiya Janata Party’s strategy for the 2019 national elections will revolve around an outreach to Dalits and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to counter the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)’s possible alliance, in Uttar Pradesh and even h other states also. A Leader said to The Nationalist. Hindutva, nationalism will also be core of the election stratiges, and centre of the vision documents.

The BJP swept to power in 2014 on the back of its performance in key states such as Uttar Pradesh, where it won 71 out 80 Lok Sabha seats (an ally won two more). It swept the 2017 assembly elections in the state, winning 320 of 403 seats with allies. It lost the Kairana Lok Sabha and Bijnor assembly by-polls in May to united opposition candidates. It lost Lok Sabha by-polls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur two months before that.

UP BJP’s two days meet will discuss and make strategies all these issues.Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP chief Amit Shah and Union home minister Rajnath Singh are attending it. The BJP has started scheduling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rallies in the state to communicate to its cadres that all is well . The party hopes to counter or weaken the caste advantage of regional parties with its plan to combine Hindutva and nationalism. The BJP has sought to highlight contributions of forgotten freedom fighters like Valmiki and Dhan Singh ‘Kotwal’, an OBC, during the 1857 revolt as part of the strategy. It is pitching itself as a ‘nationalist’ party that believes in ‘nation first’. The BJP held three back-to-back OBC outreach initiatives featuring the chief minister and deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya in Lucknow ahead of the Meerut meet.

West Uttar Pradesh, where Meerut is located, has a sizeable Dalit and OBC population.This is seen as the reason for the BJP’s move to name the meeting venue after Valmiki. A Dalit outreach rally could soon be announced in the region, BJP leaders said. One of the leaders said the BJP is planning to make it mandatory to have 20 Dalits and OBCs workers in charge of each of the 1.4 lakh odd booths in the state. The plan would be cleared at the meet and is aimed at increasing the party’s Dalit-OBC connect and to counter the likely SP-BSP alliance.

The BJP will also discuss how to use NRC issue and role of other political parties in this nation interest issue would also be a part of the party’s strategy. BJP president Shah clear on Saturday in his kolkatta rally that the BJP would continue with its campaign against ‘ghuspaithiya’ (intruders) in reference to the NRC.

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