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Yogi faces tough challenge in U.P civil poll
By Kushal Jeena
With the last phase of ongoing elections to the municipal bodies in politically sensitive state of Uttar Pradesh approaching the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his eight-month old government is facing stiff challenge, first it has to match performance with assembly poll and secondly, to pave way for return of BJP to power in Gujarat.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been on a whirl-wind tour of the state after the municipal elections were announced and during his campaign trail he has touched all corners of the state to ensure a win for his party, an endorsement for his government. He has so far addressed 30 public meetings in various regions of the state even as the polls for last phase on November 27.

The UP municipal polls hold importance for the ruling class as it were being held just ahead of assembly polls in Gujarat.

He said "I am happy that the BJP is getting a lot of support, the party will win with a huge margin," Yogi said in Gorakhpur. Yogi Adityanath still holds the office of head priest of the Gorakhnath temple. It is for the first time that the BJP has released a manifesto for civic body elections promising electorates to provide them state-of-the-art civic amenities like free Wi-Fi, pink toilets for women and free water connections for all houses in the state. The move is aimed at taking no chance of a defeat. The state party leaders say the release of election manifesto is an indication of the fact that the party is taking polls seriously.

The BJP has a strong hold on the urban civic bodies in Uttar Pradesh and the party has been winning all the major civic polls in the state. The BJP is banking upon the cast equations that it used in the previous state elections by giving major share of tickets to candidates belonging to Brahimin and bania communities.

Unlike BJP the two other major political parties in the state the Samajwadi Party that lost power to the BJP in the last assembly elections and the Bahujan Samaj Party led by Mayawati are not taking a keen interest in the civic body polls as SP chief and former Chief Minister Akhiles Yadav has not campaigned extensively so far even as the state is heading for last phase of polls on November 29.

Another former Chief Minister and BSP head Mayawati has decided to opt out of campaign despite the fact that under a changed strategy her party has entered local body polls after a gap of 20 years. The BSP has drawn a blank in the last general elections for State Assembly and came a distant third polls in the state. Which perhaps forced the party to alter its strategy and put up its candidates for almost all polls to register its presence.

The ruling BJP has given importance to the ongoing civic body polls similar to the assembly poll in the state because the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has high stakes compared to other state party leader having been accused of failure as an administrator. Giving preference to religious sentiments compared to issues confronting his government. Fully aware of political realities Yogi has been making all efforts to secure a win as any debacle could hurt his image and status.

The popularity graph of the Chief Minister has gone down gradually following the incidents of several children dying in hospitals and growing unemployment among the youth. Decision to shut slaughter houses, caused serious damage to his image.

The Chief Minister has been facing problem within the party and from the castes that voted the BJP to power. The brahimans who deserted Mayawati and sided with BJP are unhappy for his selection for the top slot overlooking many competent leaders from Brahmin and bania community that voted for the party in both the Lok Sabha and assembly elections are up in the arms against the government for tax policies. They pursued by Modi government at the centre.

The trader community, a back-bone of the right wing BJP is now an aggrieved lot because of denomination of currency and recently rolled out Goods and Service Tax which has hit the traders particularly the smaller hard. Who have been rendered jobless or had to shut their businesses for not being able to cope up with the new tax regime, which is difficult to understand and follow. These two communities constitute 13 percent of the total population in the state and were instrumental in bringing BJP to power after a long gap along with high cast Thakurs.

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News Updated at : Saturday, December 2, 2017
 
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