UP Elections 2017: As the Elections Commission rang the bells for the upcoming elections in the five states including Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Manipur, the nervousness of the various political parties is increasing with every passing day. You can see people talking about who should win, who shouldn’t!
Well, the political scenario in Punjab and Goa is already heated up with a rise of Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) in the states. However, Uttarakhand is seeing a strong anti-incumbency factor in the state and so is in Goa & Manipur. But Uttar Pradesh(UP) is different this time than the usual. But Why? Let’s find out!
There’s an anti-incumbency factor with Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government but the Akhilesh has turned that into the sympathy vote with the recent feud in the party with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. But as of now, the matter is looking sorted out and Akhilesh has got the Party symbol ‘Bicycle’ from the Election Commission.
Possibilities of Grand Alliance and Its impact in UP Elections 2017!
Now, as the talking point from past couple of weeks, Akhilesh is looking for a grand alliance in the state with the support of parties like Indian National Congress(INC), Rashtriya Lok Dal(RLD) and several others. However, it is always difficult to predict that Mayawati is out of the contest or not, but it is looking like this time. The major fight is seen between Samajwadi Party(SP) and Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP).
Anyhow, Akhilesh’s grand alliance against BJP could help him because this will help in uniting the voters and may check the split but still, there’s a lot of work to be done. BJP is, however, is saying that this will not impact its aspirations of getting the power in UP from outside. But from inside, BJP is aware of the fact that united voters is a threat to its aspirations and it should be aware of the grand alliance.
The Grand Alliance strategy previously worked for Nitish Kumar in Bihar!
The same strategy of grand alliance worked for the Nitish Kumar as his party Janata Dal United[JD(U)] formed an alliance with Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal(RJD) and Indian National Congress and swept away the BJP in elections last year. So this was a threat call for BJP that if the opposition unites, it will be in threat.
Will Akhilesh Yadav’s face as CM candidate a major factor for SP than BJP?
Another issue that could impact it will be the clean image of Akhilesh Yadav and his clear projection as the CM candidate. On the other side, BJP is again faceless of its CM candidate, which could be a major factor in the state but Yes NO DOUBT, that Narendra Modi is a big face for the BJP in UP.
Reservation issue again in the political air in UP Elections 2017
But yes, in case of a grand alliance, he might also not work and that is why BJP should be really cautious. As the Reservation issued dominated during the Bihar elections, as RSS head Mohan Bhagwat raised to eliminate the reservation and it went against the BJP. Again, right before UP elections, RSS spokesperson again raised the same issue and oppositions are going to raise the issue again and it is definitely going to dent the party in the elections that will be held next month.
Anyhow, the contest is razor sharp and nothing could be said with any surety. Any scenario is possible if grand alliance happens, then SP could retain the power and if doesn’t then BJP could possibly win or the final scenario that is visible could be the hung Assembly. But for the time, Mayawati’s and her party BSP is looking out of the contest and now only a miracle can help her.
But If Mayawati succeeds in getting a decent vote percentage from lower class castes and Muslims(which is generally the SP’s vote bank) then it will without any doubt help BJP than BSP itself.