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Congress may spoil Mayawati's game tomorrow in UP

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 10 2019 3:09PM
Congress may spoil Mayawati's game tomorrow in UP
Lucknow,April 10(HS) Tomorrow is a big day for BSP supremo Mayawati. It will test her strength in the western part of Uttar Pradesh.Eight constituencies of the region will go to the polls on this day and all these have more than average Muslims and Dalits,she mainly depends on. A favourable outcome will rubish reports that the Congress has fielded weaker candidates against the SP and that a fair number of Muslims have gone to the grand old party. The doubt of Muslims switching loyalty was created by her statement in Saharanpur on Sunday asking them not to vote for the Congress.A section of Dalits is also believed to have gone against.This belief is based on Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra''s meeting last month with Chandrashekhar Azad, an emerging Dalit leader in the western region of the state and his promise to support the party in Saharanpur. Mayawati got so annoyed over these developments that she went to the extent of calling Azad an "agent". The constituency will go to the poll on Thursday.The Congress has fielded Imran Masood who had made a controversial statement against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BSP-SP-RLD alliance has gone for Fazlur Rehman who had secured number two position in the previous poll,the honour going to BJP''s Raghav Lakhanpal who has been renominated. This constituency has 42 per cent Muslims.All the seven others where votes will be cast on Thursday have more than 20 per cent Muslims.Jatav,the caste Mayawati belongs to, dominates this part.The percentage varies from 15 to 17.These two groups have largely backed Mayawati in the past,except in last three elections. In the previous general election,these two had largely voted for the BJP which had led to its victory in all these eight seats.The situation is not the same this time as three parties which have united now had fought separately in 2014. But division of their votes may go against the alliance.And this is what presumably worries Mayawati. Thursday''s election is also crucial for the RLD.Party president Ajit Singh and his son Jayant''s fate will be decided tomorrow. They have swapped their seats. Ajit has shifted to Muzaffarnagar,leaving traditional party seat of Baghpat for Jayant.He was defeated from Baghpat in 2014. Muzaffarnagar has more than 40 per cent Muslim population.Many of them had turned against Jats after the riots in the city in 2013. He may gain their support this time because of the SP and the BSP joining hands.Much will depend on the vote-share the Congress gets, because of two young entrants,Priyanka and Jyotiraditya Scindia. HS/RN
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