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BJP’s UP Assembly Elections 1st List: Five Key Takeaways

BJP has announced a total of 107 names, out of which 63 sitting MLAs have been given tickets. In the first and second phase, BJP has cut the tickets of 20 MLAs. Among those who have been given tickets, 44 OBCs, 19 SCs and 10 women have been given tickets.

AGAINST all speculations, UP CM Yogi Adityanath is going to contest from the city seat of Gorakhpur in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. BJP’s UP election in-charge and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced this on Saturday. Pradhan has released the list of 57 out of 58 candidates for the first phase and 47 out of 55 for the second phase.

21 New Faces Have Been Made Candidates

The all-important assembly elections in the country’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh are just round the corner. Today BJP released its first list of 107 candidates.
The biggest name on the list is Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who will contest from Gorakhpur city. Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya will contest from Sirathu seat of Prayagraj as expected. BJP had discussed the names of the candidates for about 170 seats, in its Central Election Committee meeting.

Purvanchal (Eastern UP) Is Very Important For BJP

BJP had fared well here in the last assembly elections of 2017. BJP still maintains an advantage in Purvanchal as per most of the surveys till now, but the Samajwadi party is expected to give BJP a tough contest.

Why Only Gorakhpur For Yogi?

Yogi Adityanath contested the Lok Sabha elections from Gorakhpur for the first time in 1998 and won. He was MP from Gorakhpur for five consecutive terms till he became the Chief Minister in 2017. Obviously, Gorakhpur is the stronghold of Yogi.
The BJP has decided to field Yogi from Gorakhpur instead of Ayodhya or Mathura because Yogi himself or the party will not have to work hard to contest from here. So, in view of the recent upheaval in the party, Yogi will be able to concentrate on campaigning across the state.

Is The Effect Of BJP MLAs Leaving The Party Visible In The First List?

It is clear from this list that BJP is keeping a cautious approach. Earlier it was being expected that the party can cut the tickets of 40 percent MLAs, but only 21 tickets have been cut in the first list, that is, about 20 percent. In this way the party has done damage control and relied on old faces to avert a possible rebellion.  

BJP has announced a total of 107 names, out of which 63 sitting MLAs have been given tickets. In the first and second phase, BJP has cut the tickets of 20 MLAs. Among those who have been given tickets, 44 OBCs, 19 SCs and 10 women have been given tickets. Talking in terms of percentage, 68% candidates are OBC, SC and women.

For the first phase, in western Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has also avoided experimentation. The BJP is focused to negate any major loss due to the backlash of farmers’ protest. During the farm agitation, some party MLAs had also staged protest in the villages. Yet the party has repeated the old names.  

No Minority In The First List?

The number of women candidates in the first list is low. A prominent name is that of former governor Uttarakhand Baby Rani Maurya, who has been given ticket from Agra.

BJP Has Tried To Strike A Caste Balance

Opportunities have been given to all the Sarvans, Backward, Dalits. Western Uttar Pradesh has a large Muslim voter base, yet the BJP has no Muslim candidate in its first list. In comparison,  Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party has given tickets to 14 Muslims, 12 backward and nine Brahmins in the first list of 53 candidates.

Party On Back Foot After MLAs Leave BJP?

The party has been on the back foot after the ministers in the Yogi government, including Swami Prasad Maurya, Dara Singh Chauhan, Dharam Singh Saini and their supporters left the BJP and joined the Samajwadi Party. In such a situation, BJP has made a big bet by fielding OBC-Dalit candidates in most of the seats. It is believed that OBCs constitute about 45 per cent of the state’s population.

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