Maya’s Dalit-Mus­lim Card to Play a Big Role in This Phase


The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -


Aza­m­garh: Mayawati’s Dalit-Mus­lim for­mula, trans­fer of votes between the Congress and the Sa­ma­jwadi Party and the BJP’s at­tempts to make in­roads in Mus­lim­dom­i­nated dis­tricts of UP will be tested on Mon­day.

Among the im­por­tant seats for which polls will be held on Mon­day is Bahraich that has over 40% Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion. The seat has been con­sid­ered a strong­hold of vet­eran SP leader Waqar Ah­mad Shah who is in coma since 2013. Waqar’s son Yasar is fight­ing to re­tain not only his own Mat­era seat but also his fa­ther’s tra­di­tional Bahraich where his mother is con­test­ing. Anu­pama Jaiswal of the BJP is bank­ing on a large num­ber of Mar­wari vot­ers in the town while the BSP’s Ajeet Pratap Singh has the back­ing of Dal­its. PM Modi, Mayawati and Akhilesh have all done ral­lies here. The UP po­lice has been keep­ing a close eye on Bahraich for in­ci­dents of po­lar­i­sa­tion and vi­o­lence.

In Gonda, Pra­teek Singh, son of five-time BJP MP Bri­jb­hushan Sha­ran Singh, is con­test­ing against party rebels Ma­hesh Narayan Tiwari who is as­so­ci­ated with the RSS and Gonda Mu­nic­i­pal Board chair­man Nir­mal Sri­vas­tava. To counter this, the BSP has fielded Mus­lim can­di­dates in four of six un­re­served seats in Gonda, in two of three un­re­served seats in Bal­ram­pur, and in three of four such seats in Sid­dharth Na­gar.

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