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