Meerut: The crucial Assembly elections in
Uttar Pradesh might be inching towards culmination but the
excitement is far from over, especially in western parts of
the state where parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo
Jat voters, who still hold the key here.
The western part, which goes to polls in the seventh and
final phase, is predominantly inhabited by the Jat community
and all parties, including the ruling BSP, are leaving nothing
to change to harness the potential votebank in their
In a state otherwise trailing behind in various standards
of living, the region, somewhat, has become a symbol of
prosperity with rapid development both in its rural and urban
parts owing to the Green Revolution and its vicinity to the
national capital Delhi.
In previous 2007 elections, this hotbed of Green
Revolution saw BSP emerging as the largest party by grabbing
34 out of the 65 seats, followed by BJP with 11 and RLD with
10. SP and Congress could merely open their accounts with 3
and 2 seats respectively.
With late Mahendra Singh Tikait`s Bharatiya Kisan Union
(BKU) posing no major challenge, Union minister Ajit Singh,
who has joined hands with Congress this time, is the one big
name here this time and is trying his best to consolidate his
party RLD`s position in these elections.
Western UP used to be the epicentre of former Prime
Minister and Ajit`s father Charan Singh, who had an
unmatchable influence over the Jat community during his
The districts going to polls in the final phase include
Ghaziabad, Meerut, Baghpat, Saharanpur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh,