Maha Victory and Social Engineering

February 26 2017

The bumper victory in Maharashtra has added new vigour to the BJP cadre in Uttar Pradesh and the decision to announce celebration of Victory Day- ‘Vijay Diwas’ across the country has fully charged the batteries of the party men. Initially there were some Doubting Thomas within the party itself who were unsure how wise it would be to hold these rallies in UP, where the poll process is ongoing, and Manipur, where elections will be held in two phases on March 4 and 8. Some top leaders were worried about that the Election Commission might clamp down on this. Finally, the decision was left to be taken by party president Amit Shah. BJP social engineering in UP is by now well known. It is common knowledge that the party had started its UP preparations much ahead in time. And Shah had his ears to the ground and knew well that the forward castes are waiting to press the Lotus Button. Hence, he decided to focus on the non-Yadav backward castes. Foisting Keshav Prasad Maurya as the state party boss clearly showed this caste engineering. The party has big ‘Lodh’ faces to showcase in Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharati. But allying with the smaller parties the BJP drew in some lower caste Kurmi votes. In Om Prakash Rajbhar, they have a magnet for the Rajbhar caste. In addition, it is learnt that it has successfully wooed away some stalwart leaders of other parties. This trick had delivered in the case of Jagdambika Pal and some other leaders in the 2014 general elections. This game plan has delivered in Maharashtra and the party seems confident that it will do so in UP as well.

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