MLC elections: BJP forgets the equation but forgets ‘core vote bank’, SP opens front

In the elections from Lok Sabha to Mayor and Legislative Council, BJP gave a ticket to a Kayastha, while SP gave a ticket in Lok Sabha and gave a candidate for Mayor from Jhansi. Apart from this, one has been sent to the Legislative Council. The BJP gave tickets to five Kayasthas in 2017, while the SP gave three tickets.Even though there is still about a quarter of a year left in the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, but political parties are busy making political equations. Through the MLC elections, the BJP has tried to represent the Dalits, backward classes as well as Brahmins, Vaishyas, Kshatriyas and Bhumihars to bring about caste equations, but the party could not adjust its core vote bank Kayastha community. First BJP organization did not find a place and now no candidate has been nominated from any Kayastha community in MLC elections. Due to this, the SP has started calling BJP as anti-Kayastha.

BJP has fielded Kunwar Manvendra Singh of Jhansi coming from the Kshatriya community in the MLC election, while Arvind Kumar Sharma and Ashwini Tyagi have been nominated from Bhumihar community. BJP state president Swatantra Dev Singh and Dharmveer Prajapati have been made MLC candidates from the OBC community.

Similarly, deputy CMs from Brahmin community are sending Dinesh Sharma and Govind Narayan Shukla to the upper house while Surendra Chaudhary and Laxman Acharya are nominated from the Dalit community. Apart from this, the State Vice President Salil Vishnoi from the Vaishya community has also made efforts to support his traditional vote bank.

After the victory of SP MLC Ashutosh Sinha in Varanasi, it was believed that one could get representation from Kayastha Samaj in the MLC elections from BJP. But it was only speculation and BJP did not make any Kayastha candidate. The Kayastha community, which is considered the traditional voter of the BJP, has got an opportunity for the opposition, if not given a place in the organization first and now in MLC elections.

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