BJP may try a new winning formula for the coming polls in UP
Lucknow: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) may fight the coming assembly elections with a new , Brahmin- backward, combination, which is being considered by some members in the party as a winning formula. The inclusion of two Brahmins as the new members of the national executive of the party which is holding a two-day meeting, ending on Monday, at Allahabad, has been taken as a pointer in this regard.
The Brahmin leaders who have joined the executive as new members are: former Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna and former state BJP president Laxmikant Vajpayee. Prominence given to Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma is also read in this context.
A backward caste leader Keshav Prasad Maurya has been already appointed president of the state party unit, to appease the backward castes. The Maurya caste was not given much importance either by the Samajwdi Party (SP) or the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
The decision is not without logic. The Samajwadi Party (SP) which is the party’s main rival and can mar the prospect of the BJP in the coming polls is banking heavily on the backward castes , especially on the Yadvas. If the BJP makes noticeable inroads into this caste the situation will change in the next election.
The party may have backed Brahmin leaders for another reason. After selection of Maurya as the party president there was resentment in some section s of the Brahmin caste. The inclusion of two top leaders in the national executive a e of this caste could have pleased these sections.
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