New Delhi: In an effort to revive its lost glory in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is busy working on social and caste equations to help it return to power. The BJP is well-versed with the bitter reality that targeting Mayawati and her government alone would not do the trick for the party.

Therefore, the various yatras and campaigns being carried out by the BJP have a special impetus on religious locations like Kashi, Mathura and Ayodhya.

They are also making best possible efforts to cash on the statement of Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh who had recently linked saints with the saffron party.

Out of power for nearly a decade in the state, the BJP faces the stiff task of portraying itself as an alternative to the BSP government. The vote-bank which had reflected faith in the party after the Ayodhya controversy and voters belonging to backward castes who remained loyal to Kalyan Singh have now deserted the party.

Keeping these factors in mind, the party has arrived to the conclusion to resort to the tactics which had brought it in power. The Jan Swabhinan Yatra of BJP stalwarts Rajnath Singh and Kalraj Mishra will end in Mathura. By using Uma Bharti as trump card, the party has made an effort to win the loyalties of backward castes.

With minority vote being distributed in the BSP, the Congress and the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP may find itself in a comfortable situation if it manages to win the confidence of saints and backward castes.

(JPN/Bureau)