Turf for 2012 Assembly polls in UP is ready but the major stake holders of the state politics like- Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have fielded the candidates who are outsiders for many Assembly constituencies. The move has aroused ripple among the workers of the respective parties. The turn coats find themselves difficult in making coordination with the party workers. Senior party leaders are striving hard to mobilize the cadres in support of their party candidates.


In order to realize the dream of the Mission UP 2012, the Congress had launched massive poll campaign from Allahabad with a slogan of Utho, Jago, Badlo.  It was hoped that party would field its devoted workers in Assembly polls. But the grand old party reposed faith in outsiders for the seats where it has comparatively weaker chances of victory. Expressing unhappiness over the issue, several Congress stalwarts switched over their allegiance and joined other parties. As the Congress has fielded former Allahabad BSP chief Ajay Pasi from Soraon seat, senior leader Ram Nihor joined Trinamool Congress by parting his ways with Congress. The Trinamool leadership has appointed Ram Nihor as party’s state unit chief. Moreover, the Congress has again fielded the new faces in Phulpur and Allahabad West constituencies. The party is facing difficulties in facilitating coordination among local party workers and the candidates who are deemed as outsiders. However senior leaders are denying any rift between party workers and the candidates announced for various constituencies.

As far as SP is concerned, the party took a risk by fielding former BSP office bearer Sayeed Ahmed from Phulpur seat. Party high command had to face wrath from workers over the issue. Party leaders are busy in pacifying the annoyed workers. Commenting on the issue, the senior leaders are making tall claims of forming government in the state after the elections.

Likewise, the BSP reposed faith on new face Ram Milan Yadav on Handia seat. Commenting on the displeasure aroused out of it in the party, senior leaders opine that the BSP is a cadre based party and Bahan Mayawati’s decisions meant everything for the party workers. The BJP too gave ticket to former SP MLA Jokhulal Yadav for Phulpur seat. The BJP leaders claim that Yadav is a local face for the seat. Yadav had won last election on SP ticket from Pratappur seat.


BJP candidate RP Kushwaha from Varanasi seat had just 15 days back parted his ways with BSP.  Similarly, Congress candidate Rabia Kalam recently joined the party fold after quitting the SP. Virendra Singh and Ajay Rai have also joined the Congress recently. Earlier both the leaders were in the SP. BJP workers recently expressed their anger against the senior leaders. BJP workers held three rounds of meeting over the Party’s decision to field outsiders in various constituencies. On Wednesday, they declared that they would extend support only to the genuine party candidates and would not support outsiders. BSP MLA Shyam Narayan Yadav joined the SP after he was denied ticket from Gopalpur seat.


Shahnabaz Rana, a BSP legislator from Bijnour seat recently joined Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and is contesting from from Bijnour Sadar seat. But he too, is facing wrath of party workers for being imposed on them by the party leadership. Similarly Sadhvi Prachi is BJP candidate from Pukarji seat in Muzaffarnagar. Prachi hails from Baghpat. The BJP fielded Saharanpur resident Vijay Kashyap from Charthaval seat. Kartar Singh Bhadana who hails from Haryana is contesting from Khatauli seat on BJP ticket. Local party workers are opposing his candidature. Congress candidate Salim Engineer is also facing stern opposition from party workers on Saharanpur seat as he was earlier with the BSP.


Samajwadi Party workers in Barauli seat were puzzled owing to repeated change of party candidate for the seat.


Former RLD MLA Amar Singh Parmar is contesting from Kheragarh seat on BJP ticket. He recently joined the saffron party. Consequently the party workers are annoyed over this decision of the party leadership. Denying ticket to the genuine leaders of the party, the Congress fielded industrialist Nazir for Agra South seat.


The BJP has fielded Subhawati Paswan from Bansgaon (Reserved) seat. Paswan recently switched over from the SP to the BJP. Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath publically expressed unhappiness over the party high command’s decision to field Paswan from the seat. BSP MLA Ambika Singh Kauriram is contesting from Sahajnava on Janata Dal (United) ticket. Similarly former SP leader Narendra Mishra is contesting from Barhaj seat on BJP ticket.


Samajwadi Party has given ticket to former minister Indrajit Kori from Ghatampur seat. Kori has been two time Congress MLA from Kishanpur (Reserved) seat. He joined SP a week ago and managed to get a party ticket on the recommendation of Rakesh Sachan. The SP workers expressed deep annoyance over the party’s decision to field Kori from Ghatampur. Former BSP minister Mathurapal has been party candidate from Govind Nagar seat. In the last minute he switched over to the Congress fold and is contesting from Akbarpur-Rania seat.


The Congress has fielded former minister Shivshankar Patel from Baberu seat in Banda. However Patel joined the Congress one year ago.


BSP MLA from Kayamganj Assembly seat, Kuldeep Gangwar joined the Congress and is contesting from Amritpur seat. He is facing wrath of party workers.


BJP candidate Dr Arun Kumar is facing opposition from party workers on Bareilly seat as he contested 2007 Assembly polls on SP ticket.

SP MLA Sultan Beg is contesting from Mirpur seat on BSP ticket. The BJP fielded Dr ML Maurya from Bithari Chainpur constituency. He recently switched over from the BSP to the BJP.
The Congress has fielded Puranpur MLA Sukhlal as the party candidate. He was earlier associated with the BJP. Similar is the story of Awadhesh Verma who was a minister in Mayawati government.