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BJP feels Mathura stir to hurt Samajwadi Party's image, strengthen anti-incumbency wave

The saffron party will also be raking up the Hindutva issues in the run-up to the UP Assembly elections while harping that Ram temple at Ayodhya is not a poll plank.

Updated: Jun 04, 2016, 01.03 AM IST
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The saffron party will also be raking up the Hindutva issues in the run-up to the UP Assembly elections while harping that Ram temple at Ayodhya is not a poll plank.
The saffron party will also be raking up the Hindutva issues in the run-up to the UP Assembly elections while harping that Ram temple at Ayodhya is not a poll plank.
NEW DELHI: BJP central leadership is watching the developments in Mathura, where a senior police officer was brutally killed in mob violence, and feels it has further reinforced the party’s oftrepeated view that there is a breakdown of law and order in Uttar Pradesh which would add to the growing anti-incumbency against the ruling Samajwadi Party in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Top party sources said the gruesome murder of Mathura SP (City) — he was killed with a sharp-edged weapon and did not die in some accidental fire- and the alleged tacit backing of senior SP leaders to the two factions involved in the violence has again proved that there is no law and order in UP under the present dispensation. BJP leaders maintain that anti-incumbency, poor law and order, scores of attacks on police personnel in UP in the last four years, involvement of Yadavs in most cases of violence, and corruption will all go against the Akhilesh Yadav government.

BJP is wooing the Brahmins — the SP killed belonged to this caste and the non-Yadav backward castes. A senior party leader indicated that the state may see a repeat of the 2014 general elections in the next Assembly polls in UP where BSP may not be able to go beyond the Jatav votes.

The saffron party will also be raking up the Hindutva issues in the run-up to the UP Assembly elections while harping that Ram temple at Ayodhya is not a poll plank. Polarisation of votes would again make it a fight between BJP and SP, sources said.

The BJP National Executive will mainly focus on the UP strategy for the party and discuss further expansion plans of the party’s footprint across the country. Buoyed by the recent election performance in Assam and Kerala, the party is now looking at other states.

BJP Chief Amit Shah plans to spend more time in UP in the coming days. He is holding a Booth level workers’ meeting in Lucknow on Saturday and will address a rally in Kanpur on June 7. The BJP National conclave in Allahabad will end with a rally on June 13.

Shah will complete his reach out to BJP booth level workers by July 10, sources said. He is also scheduled to hold around eight rallies in the coming two months.

Meanwhile, the party’s organisational appointments may have to wait for some more time as Shah has still not made up his mind on who all should be chosen for the vacant posts of central officebearers.

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