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Uttar Pradesh Election 2022 And Polarisation Politics

As the BJP gears up for re-election, the Hindu-Muslim card is likely to be played out stronger than before

Uttar Pradesh Election 2022 And Polarisation Politics
Uttar Pradesh Election 2022 And Polarisation Politics Photograph: Suresh K. Pandey

Seeking re-election in UP this year, the BJP seems to be more desperate than ever to pol­arise the electorate along the Hindu-Muslim binary, while its nearest con­ten­der, the SP-RLD combine, seems to be stuck with the same old strategy of stitching together a favo­urable caste coalition. At the same time, the far­m­ers’ agitation against the three controversial farm laws appears to be carrying considerable sal­ience. The BJP government had to recall the laws, but whether this gesture will help the BJP in UP is one of the biggest look-­outs in this election.

More than eight years after the gruesome massacre and displacement of 2013 in the Muzaffar­nagar-Shamli regions of western UP, the BJP may be depending too much on their Plan A. Whether the wedge between Jats and Muslims still persists, or has been diluted by now, is poised to be an imp­ortant factor in this election.   

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