BSP Ap­pears Strong in 3/4 Jhansi Seats, BJP & SP-Cong Too in Race COM­ING

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

longs to this caste, has been asked to con­vince the com­mu­nity to vote for the BJP, the caste may di­vide its vote be­tween­theBJPandBSP.

Ya­davs are about 35,000 while Kush­wa­has are close be­hind. The buzz is that Chan­der­pal has en­sured the back­ing of Mus­lims for his son by reach­ing out to the cler­ics. The BJP is woo­ing the Kush­waha votes with the help of state unit chief Ke­shav Mau­rya. “Ya­davs here are strong in tan, dhan and gun (body, wealth and arms),” a gro­cer said.

Most­lo­calssayAkhilesh­has­beena good CM and in­sist the votes to SP will go be­cause of him. The BJP sup­port­ers, es­pe­cially traders, swear by the PM. The BJP is putting up a good fight in Jhansi Na­gar where Ravi Sharma, a Brah­min and the sit­ting MLA, has been fielded by the party. Si­taramKush­wa­hais­theBSP­can­di­date and lo­cals say he would get the Mus­lim votes. The Mus­lims, Kush­wa­hasandJatavs­for­ma­siz­able chunkhere.“Last­time,theSP­fielded aMus­li­mandthis­di­vid­edtheir­votes be­tween the SP and BSP, lead­ing to a BJP win. This time, the Mus­lims are back­ing the BSP,” a pan shop owner said. Lo­cals have al­ready writ­ten off Congress’nom­i­neeRahulRai,of the Kal­har caste (en­gaged in sell­ing liquor), as a weak can­di­date.

Ga­rautha and Mau­ra­nipur (SC re­served) are the other two seats in Jhansi. BJP has been weak in Ga­rautha for the last decade and has fielded Jawa­har Ra­jput, a Lodh leader. He has made it a “bul­lock-cart ver­sus For­tuner con­test” against JN Ya­dav, the SP nom­i­nee. Ya­dav, who won in 2007 and 2012, is a rich con­trac­tor. In Mau­ra­nipur, BJP has fielded a Congress de­fec­tor BL Arya from the Kori caste. But the fight here is be­tween the SP and BSP. Rashmi Arya, the sit­ting MLA, is con­test­ing again on a SP ticket.

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