BJP's insurance failed to grab Uttar Pradesh

Bringing her from Madhya Pradesh and projecting her as a strong contender for the top post in Uttar Pradesh was not only aimed at bringing the OBC voters to the party’s kitty but also to send a message to the party workers that it had not deviated from “hindutva ideology” and the core issue of the Ram Temple.

The “aggressive” and “fiery sanyasin” failed to deliver on both fronts.
Not only did the BJP fail to woo the OBC voters despite inducting the tainted and sacked UP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, it also suffered serious set backs in its citadels such as Ayodhya, Lucknow and Gorakhpur.

The BJP lost Ayodhya, epicenter of the Ram Temple movement, which had turned into a saffron bastion and had been electing BJP candidates for the past two decades, to the Samajwadi Party (SP).

The signals were there but the party failed to read them. The BJP’s vote share in Ayodhya had been declining since 1991, when the temple movement was at its peak.
The party also lost heavily in Lucknow, a constituency represented by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee until 2009 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP could only bag one seat in the 2012 Assembly polls.

The party’s game plan to woo the OBC voters  in the Bundelkhand region and elsewhere also did not fructify. Even in Mahoba district, one of the seats, neighbouring Charkhari, which was won by Uma Bharti, was bagged by the Congress.

Uma’s own “lodh” community voters did not support the saffron party as was being expected, while Kushwaha also failed miserably to transfer of his community’s votes to the BJP.

Three former state presidents – Kesri Nath Tripathi, Ramapati Ram Tripathi and Om Prakash Singh – as well as the current state chief of the party Surya Pratap Shahi lost the polls. “We paid dearly because of the Kushwaha factor,” said a local leader adding that the infighting among the senior leaders also did the party in.

“Senior leaders spoke in different voices on the issue of chief minister’s post and Uma Bharti,” he said. Senior saffron leader Mahant Adityanath and Varun Gandhi openly said that BJP would not be able to get majority.

The UP polls result has put a question mark on the political future of Uma Bharti in the state. “Umaji will not like to dabble in UP politics any more,” said another BJP leader.

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