The crucial Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh might be inching towards
culmination but the excitement is far from over, especially in western
parts of the state where parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo Jat
voters, who still hold the key.
The western part, which goes to polls in the seventh and final phase, is
predominantly inhabited by the Jat community and all parties, including
the ruling BSP, are leaving nothing to change to harness the potential
votebank in their best-possible way.
In a state otherwise trailing behind in various standards of living, the
region, somewhat, has become a symbol of prosperity with rapid development
both in its rural and urban parts owing to the Green Revolution and its
vicinity to the national capital Delhi.
In previous 2007 elections, this hotbed of the Green Revolution saw BSP
emerging as the largest party by grabbing 34 out of the 65 seats, followed
by BJP with 11 and RLD with 10. SP and Congress could merely open their
accounts with 3 and 2 seats respectively.
With late Mahendra Singh Tikait's Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) posing no
major challenge, Union minister Ajit Singh, who has joined hands with
Congress this time, is the one big name here this time and is trying his
best to consolidate his party RLD's position in these elections.
Western UP used to be the epicentre of former prime minister and Ajit's
father Charan Singh, who had an unmatchable influence over the Jat
community during his glorious days.
The districts going to polls in the final phase include Ghaziabad, Meerut,
Baghpat, Saharanpur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Agra etc.