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Man- marking to help BJP in UP.

Party will select its candidates depending upon rival contestants

The Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) has decided to convert its so- called ' disadvantage' into an advantage in Uttar Pradesh. While other parties, especially the Bahujan Samaj Party ( BSP), have declared their candidates for the elections, the BJP is yet to reveal its cards, but not in vain, it claimed.

Though observers and opponents had pointed out that this gave the others a head start in their campaigning and the BJP had obviously been left behind, the saffron outfit claimed that opening its game plan at the last minute had lent it the advantage of being in a position to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of candidates from other parties and then field its own to fit the bill.

The strategy has been called ' man- to- man marking' -- a parlance used in football. The stratagem signifies players of a team checking the players of the other team individually.

According to party insiders, the BJP did not want to take chances with candidate selection in UP, something that had hit it adversely in Bihar.

" We are not late in declaring our candidates. It has been a studied silence and wait. Now that almost all the other parties have opened their cards and declared their candidates, we are in a better position to analyse the advantages and disadvantages attached to each of the Opposition candidates and thus field our candidates accordingly," Uttar Pradesh BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan told Mail Today . " This gives us maximum winnability as we will be kind of customising our candidate selection according to the constituencies and the opposition," Mohan added.

Meanwhile, observers also said that as the ruling Yadav clan have been embroiled in a family feud, its prospects in the upcoming elections would be hit and the Muslims could in all probability shift their votes to the BSP as the most potent anti- BJP pole.

" The contest was always between M- Y ( Muslim- Yadav) and M- D ( Muslim- Dalit) equations. After the family war, which hasn't died down completely with murmurs of discord still around, Mulayam Singh Yadav might see the Muslims deserting him for Mayawati and this could make things all the more difficult for the BJP in the state," said a Congress leader from UP who did not want to be named.

But, the BJP does not agree with the assertion. " It is a mistake to consider Dalits as the vote bank of Mayawati or the Muslims as the sole preserve of either the SP or BSP. The communally sensitive areas of UP will not see Dalits voting for Muslims, especially not after such incidents as Bijnaur," Mohan said.

The BJP is hopeful that Dalit votes in communally- sensitive areas will come to its kitty and not veer towards the Samajwadi Party or Bahujan Samaj Party.

Now that almost all the other parties have opened their cards and declared their candidates, we are in a better position to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of opposition candidates ' ' CHANDRA MOHAN, UP BJP SPOKESPERSON Observers feel family feud will affect ruling SP

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Publication:Mail Today (New Delhi, India)
Date:Sep 21, 2016
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