New Delhi: After a dismal performance in Uttar Pradesh (UP) for the past 10 years, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to break the jinx in the forthcoming 2012 state polls. A recent survey conducted by BJP suggests that the party is in a winning position at more than 100 assembly seats of UP.

According to the survey, the party holds a strong position in western UP and Braj area, whereas, the drought affected Bundelkhand region is a toughest challenge for BJP.

On basis of the survey report, BJP leaders have started chalking out their strategies for the 2012 assembly elections. A special thrust is being given to the activities of party units on the divisional level.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari is himself monitoring party activities in UP. In addition to the party survey report, he is also checking the report of other agencies. Party sources revealed that Gadkari will examine all the survey reports and then take an account of the ground reality.

According to the report, the party is ahead in more than 100 assembly seats of UP. The report indicates that presently Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are slightly ahead of BJP, as the vote bank of these parties has jointly gone down in 150 assembly segments.

With still some time to go for the polls, BJP is confident that it will surge ahead of BSP and SP. Interestingly, even though state BJP committee is dominated by party members from eastern UP, the survey predicts a brighter opportunity of winning in the western part of the state. As per the report, after western UP, the party will perform well in Central and Eastern parts of the state.

With BJP vote bank shifting to BSP in Bundelkhand region, the survey suggests the need for more hard work in the drought affected area.

Simultaneously, a positive response to party’s Mahasangram rallies in the state has acted as a shot in the arm for BJP leaders.

However, it is speculated that Uma Bharti’s return to BJP can create an impact in Bundelkhand region. Barely a year back, BJP had handed over the reins of UP to Surya Pratap Shahi and his appointment ensured that party members became more active and vocal in their protests against the state government. Under his leadership, senior BJP members started strengthening the party vote bank on the district level.

By giving the responsibility of the state to Kalraj Mishra, BJP has made an effort to strengthen the party unit.

State in-charge Narendra Singh Tomar is focusing on strengthening the party’s roots to make use of the maximum possible resources in the assembly elections.

JPN/Bureau