BJP UP plan: 200 OBC rallies; 21-member teams on stands dominated by Muslims
Preparing for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls next year, the BJP has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to woo CBOs and SCs by organizing caste-specific rallies and forming teams of workers from the party to reach voters at all minority-dominated voting booths, party leaders said on Sunday.
Bearing in mind the caste dynamics of the politically crucial state as it is the largest in terms of Lok Sabha’s seats, the central leadership of the BJP has already announced a team of poll officials comprising leaders from all over the world. castes led by experienced returning officer Dharmendra Pradhan, who himself is from the OBC category.
The BJP plans to hold a three-phase outreach program among the various OBC castes, the party’s state OBC unit leader Narendra Kumar Kashyap told PTI.
“In the first phase, the party will organize 20 ‘Samajik Samelans’ (social seminars) of various subcategories within the CBOs which will be addressed by several leaders, including the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya and Union ministers Pradhan and Bhupender Yadav, “Kashyap said.
These programs will be from different castes such as Kashyap, Rajbhar, Pal, Prajapati, Jogi, Teli, Yadav, Gujjar, Saini, Chaurasia and Kurmi, he said, adding that a “sammelan” from Jaats will also be organized.
Jaats, who are mainly farmers, do not fall under the OBC category in UP. The BJP is trying to win back this crucial vote bank that has a significant presence in western Uttar Pradesh, the epicenter of the state’s farmer protest.
This will be followed by an outreach program where BJP workers will meet prominent CBO figures and caste leaders and brief them on the development work being done by the party, Kashyap said.
“In the last phase, the party will organize 202 OBC rallies, one rally each in two constituencies of the Assembly. These rallies will again be of a sub-caste and they will be mainly addressed by the party leader of that caste,” Kashyap said.
Likewise, the party’s SC morcha is also studying the idea of organizing “Ansuchit Jati Sammelans” (side caste seminars) in 75 districts of the state, party sources said.
The party’s state unit will also hold a special facilitation ceremony for the new BJP vice president, Baby Rani Maurya, at several locations across the state.
Rani Maurya, originally from Agra, recently resigned as governor of Uttarakhand. She belongs to the Jatav community and is expected to run in the next legislative elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Likewise, in its attempt to secure minority votes, UP’s BJP Minority Morcha unit intends to assemble a team of workers at Muslim stands across the state.
“The minority morcha is in the process of forming teams of 21 members of its stand operators on all stands dominated by minorities and targets 20% of Muslim votes,” the head of the UP unit of the minority cell of the BJP, Kunwar Basit Ali.
Ali said that even if each stand builder is able to manage 10 votes, the party will be able to meet its target of 20% minority votes. He said party employees will be stationed in all localities with Muslim-majority voting booths at designated locations on election day.
When contacted, BJP State Vice President Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the party was in electoral mode and all of its frontline organizations had been instructed to reach out to people and publicize the development work carried out by the two governments in the Center and in the State.
The BJP outperformed its rivals in three back-to-back polls: the 2014 general election, the 2017 election in Uttar Pradesh, and the 2019 poll in Lok Sabha.
Politically, observers believe the party has carved out a place for itself and dominates non-Yadav CBOs and non-Jatav Dalits. These two sub-castes are traditionally the supporters of the SP and the BSP, respectively.
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