Is Gorakhpur Election Ushering A New Political Narrative For Indian Politics?

For the time in the history of India, the Mandalwalas SP and BSP are working hard campaigning together for Praveen Nishad against Upendra Shukla of BJP. Previously, in no election of UP, the rival parties BSP and SP have fought together. Be it the political career of Mayawati or Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son Akhilesh Yadav, this is a significant step.

No doubt, this decision has two direct implications. On one hand it underlines the fact that the dominance of BJP in UP under CM Yogi Adityanath is indeed commendable to say the least.

Secondly, if the opposition votes are divided, BJP is expected to win handsomely in the state. Thus the main opposition parties in UP other than Congress have accepted the fact and other reiterating their manufactured slogans that SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP founder Kanshi Ram joined hands for the upliftment of the Dalits and the poor.

Another interesting aspect of this tying up is, the parties have got a backward class candidate against upper caste (Brahmin) candidate of BJP. This is a direct political confrontation with caste equation and it remains to be seen whether the Yogi Adityanath magic can help BJP to retain the state or not.

From a larger national point of view, this BSP – SP tie up is looked upon a possible third front equation against the BJP in Lok Sabha Elections next year. If the SP candidate wins in the Gorakhpur election, there would be apprehensions from various quarters whether the opposition can opt for one against one theory against Narendra Modi’s BJP.

Certainly, that would require robust leadership so that political parties can come under one umbrella. Interestingly, no one is backing up the Congress candidate in Gorakhpur. Local people believe that the Congress candidate can lose his deposit in the constituency.

In other words, absymal performance of Congress in Gorakhpur bypolls can be extremely detrimental to the fortunes of Congress in UP, the heart of India. Certainly with fewer MPs in the Lok Sabha, Congress has already lost their hold in national political leadership and defeat in the prestigious Gorakhpur bypolls can further push them away from national limelight.

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Ranabir Bhattacharyya is a Bengal based writer who concentrates on politics, international relations, economic and social matters