Yadav infighting gives BJP much-needed edge in the 'Yadav heartland'

Yadav infighting gives BJP much-needed edge in the



Yadav infighting gives BJP much-needed edge in the 'Yadav heartland'


Firozabad: Rebellion and internal sabotage are two major buzz words in the run up to the polls in this township which falls under what is politically better known as the 'Yadav heartland'. But in the ultimate, the BJP may be waiting in the wings to steal the thunder or have the last laugh in the 'Yadav heartland' itself. Thanks to the internal feuds in the Yadav family and the four month old disputes in Samajwadi Party, political observers in the area say, three out of five assembly seats may go to the BJP kitty. "This is not by enhanced support base of the saffron party. By default, BJP stands to gain in seats like Shikohabad, Jasrana and Firozabad assembly segments as caste combinations and permutations will result in significant divisions of Yadav votes," says Satyen Jatav, a bookseller in Ganeshnagar area of Firozabad. In Shikohabad, the fight is now likely between BJP and BSP even as Mulayam Singh Yadav's close relative Ram Prakash Yadav contesting as an Independent candidate will be no easy pushover. Ground zero reports say, Ram Prakash Yadav, locally also known as 'Nehru', was assured by Mulayam Singh of SP ticket. But after the split in the party, Akhilesh Yadav has now fielded Sanjay Yadav leaving Ram Prakash in anguish. "I have already started campaigning. This contest was decided by people and so no looking back," he told UNI as he met a number of party workers and started an early morning padyatra. While BSP nominee is third Yadav candidate - Shailendra Yadav, BJP has a turncoat from BSP, Mukesh Verma. The split in 1.25 lakh Yadav votes will help Mr Verma as his own community Nishads and also others like Brahmans and Lodhs are likely to back him. Out of an estimated 3 lakh voters, Mr Verma then as BSP candidate had got 54,688 votes had finished second in 2012 polls. The problem of infighting in Samajwadi Party is only getting larger by the day. Ramprakash Yadav , the maternal grandfather of Mainpuri Samajwadi MP Tej Pratap Yadav declined to respond to gestures by senior SP leader and Akhilesh Yadav's trusted 'uncle' Ram Gopal Yadav. At the Jasrana seat, sitting MLA Ramveer Yadav was dropped by Akhilesh and ticket has been given to Shiv Pratap Yadav. As a result Ramveer now contesting as an independent candidate will cut into Samajwai Party vote share. The chess board has turned murkier with BSP also fielding Shivraj Yadav. Here also, the apprehension remains -- BJP's Pappu Lodh has an edge owing to the break up of Yadav votes.

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