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As Lakhimpur Kheri Turns Into A Political Battleground, Know Why The District Is Crucial For BJP

Lakhimpur is the largest district in Uttar Pradesh which is dominated by Brahmins.

People take a look at the overturned SUV which destroyed in yesterday's violence during farmers' protest, at Tikonia area of Lakhimpur Kheri district. (Image: PTI)

AS THE political battle in Lakhimpur Kheri escalates, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday gave permission to all political parties to visit the families of deceased farmers. But for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the political significance of district Lakhimpur is very crucial. Lakhimpur is the largest district in Uttar Pradesh which is dominated by Brahmins.

In 2017, BJP swept all eight assembly segments of Lakhimpur district. Not only Lakhimpur, BJP also swung the neighbouring five districts of Shahjahanpur, Pilibhit, Hardoi, Sitapur and Bahraich where out of the 42 seats, BJP won 37 in the Terai region.

In the same region, Samajwadi Party stood at number 2 with 23 seats. Sources in BJP maintain that the aggressive stand taken by Congress in this incident will impact the stakes of the Samajwadi Party rather than the BJP.

The Terai region also has a sizeable Sikh community, predominantly working in the farming sector. In fact, on Wednesday, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav went to Shahjahanpur to reach out to the Sikh community and also paid tributes to the deceased Sikh farmers.

Why Ajay Mishra Is Important For BJP

Meanwhile, Union Minister Ajay Mishra has been firefighting the issue single-handedly on behalf of his son Ashish Mishra for days now. After Ashish was named in the FIR, the Union minister has assured of a “fair probe” in the case. A total of eight people including four farmers died in the violence that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3.

On Wednesday, Ajay Mishra came back to Delhi from Lakhimpur. He visited his North Block office of Ministry of Home Affairs for 30 minutes after which he went directly to the Krishna Menon Marg residence of Home Minister Amit Shah.

Sources say Mishra briefed Shah on the incident and assured fair investigation. But while opposition has been gunning for his resignation, so far BJP has no such plans. BJP maintains that there is nothing against him for which action should be taken.

Mishra was the lone Brahmin face inducted from UP in the Cabinet reshuffle that took place in July this year. With Ajay Mishra at the centre and Jitin Prasada in the state, BJP is hoping to strike the chord with the Brahmins in the state.

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