New Delhi: The BJP is leaving no stone unturned to win Uttar Pradesh again this poll season. As the last few phases of the assembly elections loom in the state, the party’s Delhi unit has started reaching out to the people of Purvanchal residing in the Capital with an appeal to motivate their family members and relatives back home to vote for the party.
Eastern UP is a big part of the Purvanchal region, which also includes parts of Bihar and Jharkhand.
Polling in eastern UP will largely be held in the three ensuing phases — fifth, sixth and seventh — of the assembly elections, on 27 February, 3 March and 7 March.
With 164 assembly seats (out of a total of 403 in UP) spread across 28 districts, the Purvanchal region plays a crucial role in state elections.
In the 2017 state polls, the BJP enjoyed a landslide victory in Purvanchal, winning 115 of the 164 seats with the Samajwadi Party (SP) trailing behind with 17, the BSP 15, the Congress 2, and others 15. The party is now gunning to repeat, if not better, its performance.
Purvanchalis are estimated to make up around 40 per cent of the population in the Capital. According to a BJP leader, the party estimates that 20 lakh-25 lakh such people in the city hail from UP.
BJP’s Delhi unit took the decision to contact those hailing from eastern UP at a meeting in the city earlier this week.
Speaking to ThePrint, Delhi BJP Purvanchal morcha president Kaushal Mishra confirmed that the party had launched a drive to appeal to the maximum number of people from eastern UP to motivate their kin and friends to vote for the party. Mishra said many such migrants have gone back to vote in the fifth phase already.
‘Vote for development’
According to Mishra, the Purvanchal morcha has been asked to interact with people from eastern UP and explain to them the “tremendous development work that is taking place in the region under the double-engine government of the BJP”.
The party workers have been told to request and motivate those who are enrolled in UP’s electoral rolls to return to their native place and vote in favour of the BJP.
“There are many who work in Delhi but their votes are still in their native places. Our workers are requesting them to go to their native place and vote for the BJP if possible. In case they are not able to go, we are requesting them to ask their friends, family members and relatives to vote for our party,” Mishra said.
According to the plan chalked out by the party, Purvanchal morcha members, in groups of two or three, have started meeting migrants from eastern UP with a list of key development works and welfare measures of the Modi government at the Centre and the Yogi Adityanath government in UP.
“The BJP government has ensured completion of the Purvanchal Expressway, which has given a new dimension to development and prosperity in the region. Similarly, redevelopment of Kashi Vishwanath Dham has restored the cultural and spiritual identity and pride of the region,” Mishra said.
“The BJP government has also taken care of the poor and needy by providing free rations and also ensured free Covid vaccination. We are telling people about the work done by our government in Purvanchal to seek their support,” Mishra added.
On Tuesday evening, BJP national general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Arun Singh participated in a meeting of the Purvanchal morcha. “The BJP is going to form the government once again under the leadership of Yogi Adityanath by winning more than 300 seats,” Singh had said.
(Edited by Nida Fatima Siddiqui)