Back in 90s, the BJP had a significant presence in the state. And it was during 90s only; the BJP scripted a major success story, riding on the Ram Mandir and Ayodhya planks. The saffron party put up an improved show in 1998 compared to 1991, when its tally rose from 51 to 57 seats.

Several regions in Uttar Pradesh bear a major testimony to BJP’s past success. The party was able to connect to UP mainly due to emergence of several leaders of weaker and backward communities. Let’s discuss Muzaffarnagar, which recently bore the brunt of communal clashes for an example.

From 1991 to 1998, BJP remained invincible in Muzaffarnagar but the dynamics changed gradually. The party registered four consecutive victories in Aligarh from 1991 to 1999 but it finished fourth in the last general elections in 2009. It needs to be seen if Kalyan Singh’s comeback to the BJP can revive the party’s fortunes. The party held Hathras for a long time as well but lost its stake there eventually.

During 90s, the BJP was off to a flying start in the initial stages, mainly in Bulandshahr and Mathura. Chhatrapal Singh held Bulandshahr seat for quite a long time from 1991 to 1998. The party enjoyed similar success in Mathura as well. Sakshi Maharaj made the party’s presence felt in 1991 by winning the prestigious seat and Tejveer Singh kept BJP’s flag hoisted for three times in a row in this religious town.

The party will have to come up with real impressive performance in Ethawah seat as well, where Mahadeepak Singh Shakya made the saffron outfit’s presence stronger by notching up four back-to-back victories from 1989 to 1998.


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