New Delhi: Congress has attempted a
different kind of social engineering in poll-bound Uttar
Pradesh in a bid to beat Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav in
their own game.
In a bid to widen its base in the caste-ridden politics
of the state, where it has been out of power for last two
decades, the party has reached out to marginalised sections
among the same castes and communities, which these leaders
The party has attempted to dent the watertight caste
compartments of UP politics by reaching out to sub castes
within Yadavs and Rajputs as well.
The party is confident that it will win all three seats
in Mainpuri, where Yadavs are in sizeable numbers. It has
fielded a former Samajwadi Party candidate who had lost the
last election by a margin or around two thousands votes.
It is also trying to work upon the wedge between Ghoshi
and Kamaria, two powerful groups within Yadavs. Mulayam Singh
Yadav belongs to Kamaria Yadavs, while Congress has this time
fielded a large number of candidates from Ghoshi Yadavs.
Urmila Yadav from Karnal is a Ghoshi Yadav.
Among the Rajputs, Raghavs are considered less
politically represented in UP. Congress has focused on them.
The party has fielded Rashmi Rajput from Bhongaon
Constituency in Western UP, where BJP stalwart Sakshi Maharaj
is contesting and is confident of winning the seat.
As Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh move into Jatlands
of the western parts of the state, the party is also
hopeful that its alliance with Ajit Singh and the sub quota
politics will fetch it rich dividends in this once BSP
dominated area. 68 seats in Western UP went to polls today.
"Where there is a direct contest between BSP and
Congress, we will win," says senior party leader Mohan
Prakash, who believes that Samajwadi Party is not such a force
here like in other parts of the state.