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BJP Has Captured A Shared Common Sense Of Voters In UP: Yogendra Yadav

As the exit polls reflect a two-horse race in the state, Yadav also agreed the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election 2022 was a bipolar contest between BJP and Samajwadi Party.

New Delhi: Political activist and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday said he was not surprised by the exit polls showing BJP winning with a clear majority as the saffron party appears to have captured “a shared common sense” of the voters in Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking to India Ahead Editor-in-chief Bhupendra Chaubey, Yadav said, “BJP has over the years developed something more than a social coalition. I think BJP has captured common sense. It has managed to capture a certain shared common sense of the people, except Yadav, Muslims and Jatavs, which leaves about 60 per cent of Uttar Pradesh population.”

“In earlier days, it was booth capturing, nowadays its mindscape capturing,” he said.

Elaborating on his understanding of the voters’ sentiments in the state, Yadav said, “I travelled in Uttar Pradesh, partly to do a campaign against the BJP, which is what the mandate of Sanyukt Kishan Morcha (SKM) was. But, in the course, I also spoke to ordinary people and got their sense. And frankly the exit polls did not surprise me.”

“The belief that Samajwadi Party was going to sweep the elections and that it was going to be a complete rout for BJP. In my limited travels, I did not see indications of that.”

As the exit polls reflect a two-horse race in the state, Yadav also agreed the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election 2022 was a bipolar contest between Bharatiya Janata Party and Samajwadi Party. “This was a bipolar election, unlike anything we have witnessed in the last 30 years or so,” he said.

Talking about Akhilesh Yadav-led SP’s attempt to give a fight to BJP in the state, he said, “The Samajwadi Party was moving ahead from whatever it was earlier. The real question is how much? What we forget is that Samajwadi Party had a herculean task ahead of itself. The party had around 22 per cent votes in 2017. Now it needed to gain about 15 per cent votes from that position in a bipolar election. The best performance of Samajwadi Party has been of 29 per cent votes in 2012.”

Yadav also reflected on how SP’s best may not be enough if the exit polls are to be trusted. “Now, all the exit polls are saying that the Samajwadi Party has done better than its very best. So they, indeed, have done well. The question is: was their best good enough? This is where bipolarity makes a difference. You need about 40 per cent votes to win an election.”