The 2017 election is going to be a tough fight as all the opposition parties want to establish their base in Uttar Pradesh. But, the Samajwadi Party has a very strong leadership within the state which the BJP and BSP do not have. Also, it is a much-unexpected scenario to see Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav to be contesting the elections together. Although previously, the election-results forecasting was usually done on the basis of caste-based votes, it is commendable that Akhilesh Yadav wants to keep the focus on development.
This year for the assembly elections 2017, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is set to join active politics. She is to become the face of the Congress in 2017 polls. It is a very major step for Priyanka Gandhi because not before this has she campaigned outside Rae Barelli and Amethi. Somewhere in mid-July, Rahul Gandhi will present her sister Priyanka Gandhi as the face of the campaign.
Finally, when the list that had been issued by BJP was looked into by the Uttar Pradesh Police, it was found that the list was fake. Many families whose names had been mentioned in the list had migrated 15-20 years back for better education and employment opportunities. The entire incident was BJP’s pre-election conspiracy. The BJP thought that raising these communal issues would help them get votes in the upcoming election. Amit Shah and Hukum Singh have been framed for this conspiracy. It is the efforts of Uttar Pradesh government that has always tried to maintain peace and communal harmony within the state. It is surprising that the BJP government which fought on the agenda of Development in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections is now shifting the focus to communal issues.
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It is because of these developmental activities, many opposition parties are unable to fight in the name of development. As far as the efforts of the present government are concerned, Akhilesh Yadav has put in many efforts to bring in an all round development within the state. In the upcoming elections, it will be a tough fight between all the contesting parties. It all depends on the citizens of UP whether they want to go back to the old days of caste based politics or usher in a new era of development under Akhilesh Yadav.
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Written by Anisha Dutta
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