The BJP has begun its quest for Uttar Pradesh. The day two of its conclave today, the real exercise of strategising for the state assembly polls early next year, will begin with a meeting called by party chief Amit Shah of all 71 lawmakers in the state, which will also include PM Modi who represents Varanasi.
The BJP’s national conclave on Sunday, started discussing game plan for the coming elections in five states, but the emphasis remains on Uttar Pradesh. PM Modi, focusing on the state, had celebrated the BJP government’s two years in power in Saharanpur. ‘Stand-Up India’ was launched in Noida, and ‘Ujjwala’ scheme in Ballia. Today he asked his party’s top leaders not to be complacent and innovate for the new political situation.
But the BJP needs to do much more than innovate to win Uttar Pradesh. The party has no clear vote bank in the state. To break the hold of the big two big names in the state – Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati – the BJP needs to crack its caste matrix.
In 2014, the BJP allegedly succeeded due to polarisation in the wake of Muzaffarnagar riots and PM Modi’s image.
Addressing the conclave on Sunday, Amit Shah flagged Kairana, where Hindus were being forced to migrate as per claims of a party legislator.
Addressing a press conference at the conclave, the BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Mr Shah had expressed concerns over Kairana. “The incidents are serious,” Mr Prasad said, but he also added that the BJP “rejects charges that we polarise politics”.
The BJP will also have to see if the ‘Modi Magic’ would work and whether to field a chief ministerial candidate or not, after losing Bihar. In Assam, the party won after projecting Sarbananda Sonowal as its CM candidate.