Uttar Pradesh meeting polls: Stakes excessive in Braj area with concentrate on Mathura

The Braj area with 40 meeting seats has emerged as one of many focal factors of the Uttar Pradesh meeting polls this time as it’s residence to Mathura’s Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi.

There may be hypothesis that Mathura is within the race to develop into a VVIP meeting seat as a celebration MLC has demanded that chief minister Yogi Adityanath be fielded because the BJP candidate there.

The area has produced a blended bag of outcomes prior to now parliamentary and meeting elections. The Braj area contains Agra and Aligarh divisions, every having 4 districts.

Agra, Mathura, Firozabad and Mainpuri are the 4 districts in Agra division with a complete of 23 meeting seats. The districts of Aligarh, Etah, Kasganj and Hathras comprise Aligarh division having 17 meeting seats.


Within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP gained the Agra, Fatehpur Sikri (Agra Rural), Firozabad and Mathura seats. The social gathering confirmed its dominance in Aligarh division, too, and gained and all three parliamentary seats there —Aligarh, Etah and Hathras.

Whereas the BJP bagged all of the seven different seats within the Braj area, the Mainpuri parliamentary seat remained loyal to Samajwadi Social gathering patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.

This time, the BJP is below stress to repeat the efficiency of the 2017 meeting elections when it made a clear sweep, successful all 9 seats in Agra district, all 4 seats in Etah district, all seven seats in Aligarh district and all three seats in Kasganj district. The BJP additionally gained 4 seats every in Firozabad and Mathura districts and two seats in Hathras district however misplaced one seat every in Mathura and Hathras to the BSP. The SP gained the Firozabad seat. In Mainpuri, the SP gained three seats and the BJP one.

The BJP gained 34 of the 40 seats within the Braj area within the 2017 meeting polls. The Samajwadi Social gathering bagged 4 meeting seats and the BSP two. The Congress and the RLD drew a clean.

Within the 2012 meeting elections, the SP was the clear winner within the area with 19 meeting seats, the BSP bagged 11 seats and the BJP three seats. The RLD gained six seats, together with three every in Mathura and Aligarh as Jats remained loyal to the social gathering. The Congress gained one seat in Mathura.


Former Prime Minister the late Chaudhary Charan Singh had been a pupil of Agra School and his legacy continued to have its say within the Jat dominated constituencies in Mathura and Aligarh. His grandson Jayant Chaudhary gained the Mathura Lok Sabha seat in 2009 and the Mant (Mathura) meeting seat in 2012. Chaudhary Charan Singh’s spouse Gayatri Devi and daughter Dr Gyanwati had contested from Mathura and Aligarh with blended leads to parliamentary and meeting polls.

Bateshwar, also referred to as “mini Kashi” in Agra district, is the ancestral village of former Prime Minister the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Samajwadi Social gathering patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav taught at a faculty in Mainpuri earlier than coming into energetic politics.

Former chief minister Kalyan Singh, a key determine within the Ram Janmabhoomi motion, is fondly remembered as Babuji in Aligarh, Etah and Kasganj, the three districts the place the BJP gained all 14 meeting seats in 2017.

Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini gained the Mathura Lok Sabha seat in 2014 and 2019, driving on the Modi wave. She had defeated RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary in 2014.


Mathura, together with Ayodhya and Kashi, is among the many three most outstanding non secular cities in UP. However it’s for first time that Mathura has emerged as an election subject as a consequence of it being the situation of the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi. Mathura enjoys the fame of being essentially the most visited metropolis, most likely second solely to Gorakhpur, by chief minister Yogi Adityanath. He has been in Mathura practically 30 instances in his five-year time period. The affect of this was seen with Mathura being given the standing of “teerth” (pilgrimage).

“For the BJP, Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi in Mathura will not be an election subject, however a difficulty of respecting our cultural heritage which any nation needs to be happy with. It was SP president Akhilesh Yadav who equated Sardar Patel and Muhammad Ali Jinnah and made it a difficulty. The BJP doesn’t resort to such gimmicks and is all set to repeat the efficiency of the 2017 state meeting elections on the problems of improvement, legislation and order state of affairs, professional farmer and professional poor initiatives,” stated Surendra Gupta, the BJP’s Braj kshetra (area) vice-president.

However, Dr Rahat Abrar, the previous director of Urdu Academy at Aligarh Muslim College in Aligarh, says, “Nevertheless exhausting one tries to make Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi or Jinnah an election subject, the voters appear to be prudent sufficient and have attained “political maturity” to consider the true points. The BJP does face resentment amongst youth, farmers and poor for inflation, unemployment and the alleged anti-farmer insurance policies. The SP-RLD mix appears to be ready to reap the harvest of anti-incumbency on this belt of the Braj area supported by sturdy inclination amongst Jats and Muslims in the direction of the alliance.”

The farmers’ agitation, which was a lot stronger in different areas of western Uttar Pradesh, didn’t discover as vocal a resonance within the Braj area however RLD state spokesperson Kaptan Singh Chahar is assured about revival of the social gathering below Jayant Chaudhary’s management in alliance with the SP.

Having switched just lately from the RLD to the Congress, Anil Chaudhary, chairman of the Kisan Congress in Western UP, argues that the Congress will not be a spent drive within the Braj area.

“The Congress had an MLA from Mathura until the 2012 meeting polls. It gained the Mathura and Aligarh Lok Sabha seats in 2004. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is working day and night time for the revival of the Congress within the Braj area,” stated Anil Chaudhary, a outstanding Jat chief.

“It was the Congress which introduced the brand new land acquisition invoice paving the best way for higher costs to farmer for his or her land acquired. It was in 2013 when the Congress introduced a proposal for reservation to Jats within the central authorities jobs as backward (though the transfer received struck in court docket),” Anil Chaudhary claimed.

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