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Muslims miss, OBCs, Dynasts dominate BJP 1st list for 2022 UP Polls

Out of the 107 tickets announced today 44 have gone to OBC candidates, 19 to Dalits and 10 women candidates

Saturday January 15, 2022 9:12 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

BJP List for UP Polls

New Delhi: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday released its first list for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022 containing the names of 107 candidates.

As usual, the list does not contain the names of a single Muslim, though candidates have been nominated for constituencies dominated by the community. Muslims constitute around 20 per cent of the total population of Uttar Pradesh.

This despite the party's minority morcha demand that more tickets to Muslims should be given to address the poor representation of the community in electoral politics of Uttar Pradesh and other 4 states where elections will be held in February and March.

The BJP however has given party tickets to all dynasts who are sitting MLAs, and in an attempt to control the damage caused by exodus of leaders like Swami Prasad Maurya and others, the party has given majority representation to the OBCs in the list.

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Out of the 107 tickets announced today 44 have gone to OBC candidates, 19 to Dalits and 10 women candidates.

A saffron party leader said that extent of damage caused by exit of Swami Prasad Maurya and other OBC leaders is still to be accessed but the list shows that the party tried to keep the backward communities in good faith by giving almost half of the tickets to OBC candidates in the first list.


"Polls results will show the real impact of the recent exodus led by Maurya. But the leadership realised the importance of OBC communities. To win their support, the bulk share of tickets in the first list went to them," he said.

The OBC plays an important and decisive role in Uttar Pradesh politics and constitutes over 50 per cent of the total electorate of the state. While the non-Yadav OBCs constitute around 35 per cent of the state's total electorate.

The BJP has also repeated as candidates all its dynasts. Pankaj Singh, son of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, gets another go from Noida; so does Kalyan Singh's grand-son Sandeep Singh, and Mriganka Singh, daughter of the late BJP MP Hukum Singh, who will run from Kairana, where the BJP alleges a Hindu exodus.

The BJP is eyeing to win the election for a second consecutive term with the support of non-Yadav OBC communities which supported them earlier in 2017 assembly polls and last two Lok Sabha polls in 2014 and 2019.

A BJP leader claims that by giving majority shares to OBC candidates in the first list the party has tried to send a positive message to the backward communities.

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"Political rivals misled the communities by saying that BJP uses OBCs' votes only to come to power and then ignores them. By giving 44 out of 107 tickets to OBCs, the party has shown that the it is with them. Earlier, a strong message was sent to the communities when 27 ministers belonging to backward classes were inducted in the union cabinet in July last year," he said.

The state assembly polls will be held in 07 phases in February-March starting from February 10. Counting of votes will be held on March 10.

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