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Uttar Pradesh Election 2022: A litmus test for BJP

Uttar Pradesh Election 2022

Uttar Pradesh Election 2022: No doubt that incumbent Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath aka Ajay Mohan Bisht is the most popular Chief Minister in the Modi government and the de facto flag bearer of the Bharatiya Janata Party government’s Hindu agenda. He has been known for his strict decisions that are described as in favour of the general public by the government and its supporters. In the hard times of pandemic also, he has had made big promises and claimed to have fulfilled them. But as the clocking ticking for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2022, both the Centre and the state governments don’t want to look back and focusing on preparations. The BJP is on a spree of meetings and New Delhi is hosting new guests every second day.

But if look back at the four years and three months long regime of the Yogi government then we’ll find some incidents that happened in the past that may cause trouble for the Yogi or BJP government in the future. Whether it is the sexual harassment of Hathras girl or the arrest of journalist Prashant Kanojia, these incidents drew the ire of a particular faction of the society.

When it was the beginning of the regime of the Yogi government, many incidents of atrocity against Dalits were reported from across the state including arrests in fake cases.

According to National Crime Records Bureau data, an increase of 7.3 per cent in crimes against scheduled caste people with 45,935 cases — an increase from 42,793 cases registered in 2018. Uttar Pradesh alone accounts for over 25 per cent of the total cases by recording the highest number of atrocities against Dalits in the country.

The National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ)-National Campaign of Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) — coalitions defending rights of Dalits — said the recent rapes of Dalit girls in Lakhimpur Kheri, Balrampur and Hathras expose the existing situation of the lower caste in the country.

Now, according to the Census 2011, 20 per cent of the country’s total Dalit population lives in Uttar Pradesh, which is quite a big number to decide the fate of a candidate. In such a situation, the 2022 Assembly Election would be a litmus test for the BJP.

Besides caste, there are other factors that might work adversely for the saffron party. If we look at the trend then people in Uttar Pradesh prefer to shift from one to other party or leader in every election.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati held the reigns of the largest state in 2007 but could not save her ‘chair’ in 2012 when Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav storm into power. It was a big victory for Akhilesh but he could not stand in the so-called ‘Modi wave’ during the 2017 election and lost the power to Yogi Adityanath.

Now, again the elections are ensuing, and there are possibilities that the public may opt for another option. But the irony is, the state lacks a face with a strong image that would give an option. However, people have begun watching Indira Gandhi in Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

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