Any Weathervane for the Mood of Brahmin Voters in Deoria By-poll

In Akhilesh Yadav

Punters are busy with Bihar elections but Uttar Pradesh 7-seat By-poll equally important…

With bated breath, the entire India is waiting for the results of big fight underway in the battlefield of Bihar. But there is an equally engrossing fight brewing in the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh where by-poll results for 7 Assembly seats will be available on the same day, 10 November along with Bihar.

While young socialist gun Tejashwi Yadav brimming with infinite energy and confidence, is giving sleepless nights to the BJP-JDU in Bihar, the UP by-poll is a litmus test for the second and third tier leaders of principal opposition Samajwadi Party ahead of the 2022 Battle for absolute power in Lucknow.

Also under scrutiny is the missionary zeal of a large number of youth leaders and Samajwadi workers who have been entrusted by the Party’s President to ensure victory at all events.

For better poll prospect, the National President Akhilesh Yadav has issued tickets for six seats in harmony with the social diversity of the respective constituencies.

From Deoria Sadar, Brahma Shankar Tripathi, an old guard of the eastern borderlands and a former cabinet minister was alloted symbol at the eleventh hour. His selection compelled the BJP to field a Brahmin candidate while the other two big parties in the fray, BSP and Congress have also put up brahmin candidates.

As a consequence of the all-brahmin wrestling, the outcome of Deoria Sadar would be an eye opener for the political observers. The penchant of Brahmin voters for a particular party could be a pointer to the realignment of forces in 2022.

Small surprise, brahmin faces of virtually all the parties are doing circumambulation of voters soliciting clinching support. In a democratic election, a voter is treated by candidates like a sacred deity.

Once the poll is done, the same voter will be going around the MLA as if he were going around the sacred deity for fulfillment of his wishes.

However, Samajwadi Party is the principal claimant of every seat up for grab in the by-poll. Neither BSP nor Congress can make any difference to the duopoly of SP-BJP tussle in this crucial battleground state.

In Tundla reserve Assembly constituency, Samajwadi Party has fielded Maharaja Singh Dhangar and in Ghatampur, Indrajit Kori is choice contestant for wresting the seat from the ruling BJP.

In Bangarmau, Unnao, SP President has put his faith in a shepherd community face, Suresh Kumar Pal. Deeply etched in national consciousness over much maligned rape accused Kuldip Singh Sengar, this seat is a must win for the Samajwadi Party to send a message of solidarity to suffering Womenfolks and expose anti-woman governance of Yogi Adityanath in state.

Another crucial seat in the by-poll is that of Malhani, Jaunpur where Lucky Yadav, heritor of Parasnath, a veteran Samajwadi Party leader, is canvassing. His victory will be a good thing considering the enduring legacy of his father. But a hiccup could cast a good question mark over his ability to shoulder the power and respect of his father who enjoyed enormous level of public relations.

Not less important than any other seats in the by-poll is Nawagaon Sadat where Javed Abidi, a close aide of former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and a popular eulogist, elegy singer, religious scholar-turned political activist, is trying to find the best foot for his maiden triumph after losing marginally in the 2017 Assembly elections.

For Bulandshahr seat, SP has not fielded its candidate in support of the Rashtriya Lok Dal. This is a pragmatic politics of Akhilesh to provide strength to Jayant Chaudhary, especially after the ignominious treatment for the RLD”s vice president in Hathras where BJP administration carried out a brutal lathicharge. Farmers in the western Uttar Pradesh have united to defeat the BJP government.

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