Dalit 'prem' to be on test in Uttar Pradesh bypolls
Lucknow: Generally the bypolls are never considered mandate for any party but In Uttar Pradesh ,the situation is different this time. The next assembly elections are due in a year's time and also the sudden rush for dalit votes by all the parties may be a pointer to things to come in the 2017 assembly polls.
Three assembly seats in the state- Muzaffarnagar, Deoband in Saharanpur and Bikapur in Faizabad district are going to bye-election on February 13. The elections on these seats are necessitated due to demise of Chitranjan Swaroop, Rajendra Singh Rana and Mitrasen Yadav respectively, all from the ruling Samajwadi Party.
- Interestingly, in 2012 UP assembly polls, Bharatiya Janata Party candidates were on second spot at Muzaffarnagar and Deoband.
- All three seats have sizable population of muslims while dalits are to play an important role.
- The BJP's latest ploy to woo dalits in the state would be on test as Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party is not in the fray for bypolls.
- It is no secret that there was considerable polarization in the last Lok Sabha elections after Muzaffarnagar riot.
- Sangit Som and sanjiv Baliyan , the vocal BJP leaders who were charged with hate speech on some occasions,are already active using double plank of polarising the votes and courting dalits.
- Congress may not be a force to reckon with in the state but they are contesting seriously.
- SP, BJP and Congress are taking these bypolls as semifinal before the 2017 assembly polls.
- Voting pattern may be the indicator for the pattern to be followed in 2017.