In early April, I traveled to Deoband in western UP, famous for its Islamic seminary, to attend the first joint ‘Mahagathbandan’ rally. The road to the venue, where the three parties decided to come together to show unity and solidarity, was marked by small jathas carrying party flags, joyfully and energetically trudging to hear their leaders. This was no rent-a-crowd.
In the recent elections to the Parliamentary seat of Kairana, two things became evident. The first was the power of a coalition force in defeating the BJP electoral machine, and the second was the return of the RLD as a contender for the Jat vote
The fact that the result follows the drub meted out to the BJP in Gorakhpur and Phulpur earlier this year means that the grand alliance stitched against the BJP by the Opposition has found takers
If the Opposition gets to repeat Gorakphpur and Phulpur in Kairana, it will give a further push to its unity and efforts to stitch up a formidable alliance against the BJP in the 2019 general elections.
In Ghaziabad’s five constituencies, the overwhelming support for the BJP of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections seems to be waning, giving way to a free-for-all
Shibu Kumar Tripathi Delhi
Jat leaders in western UP, across outfits, are working over-time to persuade their community to abandon the BJP
Abeer Kapoor Muzaffarnagar
Confusion still persists within the new alliance partners of the ruling Samajwadi Party, the Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal(RLD), leading to delay in the announcement of seats and a joint campa
In the run up to the Uttar Pradesh State Assembly Election beginning on February 11, the Jats are working behind closed doors to find ways in which they can take the vote away from the saffron party
Abeer Kapoor Ghaziabad