With all party eyes on the upcoming Assembly elections in five states of Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going to hold its National Executive meeting in the national Capital on January 6 and 7.
In the politically hyper period, the party has chosen to go by ‘well thought out’ and ‘positive’ mantra rather focusing on politicising issues. In the recent times the country has witnessed a dynamic shift of Indian politics. The political observers feel that Dalit base and the minority support may add up to 40% of the vote to BSP’s bag which can put the party in the driver’s seat in the state.
The increasing number of communal riots has also made Muslims upset and that would drag them to vote for Mayawati.
At the same time BJP, its affiliates and its parent organisation RSS’ “Hindutva” mantra and anti-minor image have always been feeble to Muslim community.
Moreover, both BJP and Sangh seem to be in quandary after demonetisation debacle. There is also a floating buzz that, ahead of the National Executive meet RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has called for an introspection meeting in Ahmadabad on January 4 and 5. BJP’s both general secretaries Ram Madav and Ram Lal will be present at the meeting.
The UP elections are also being considered as the semi-finals to the grand finale that is the 2019 Lok Sabha election – BJP president Amit Shah and the Sangh family are working on their master strategy.
Nevertheless, with the new sub-castes which have been included in SC category by the Samajwadi
government, Kahar, Kashyap, Kewat, Nishad, Bind, Bhar, Prajapati, Rajbhar, Batham, Gauriya, Turha, Majhi, Mallah, Kumhar, Dheemar, Dheewar and Machhua, BJP is now more cautious before playing its
trump-card. Where OBCs are roughly 44%, Dalits are 21%, Muslims 19%, and upper castes 16% of UP’s
electorate, it can be also said that extremely backward castes (who are non-Yadav) and non-Jatav Dalits
often hold the key to power the political loyalties of the dominant and more populous caste groups.