Despite being instrumental for consolidating vote bank, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha workers have not been in the priority list while distributing tickets for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Once again the BJP fielded only kith and kin of senior leaders in name of youth quota.

Harish Dwivedi, a lone candidate of BJYM’s state unit president, has managed to get party ticket on Basti Sadar Assembly seat. The BJYM secretary was denied party ticket from Mathura seat while former president of Lucknow University Student’s Union had to withdraw his claim from Lucknow East for UP election managing committee president Kalraj Mishra.

Similarly, former BHU student’s union president and BJYM vice president failed to get party ticket as the BJP fielded a former minister. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a school of nationalist ideology, has also not been given adequate numbers of tickets. Saket Mishra was declared from Sitapur seat. Similarly, ABVP worker Shailesh Singh Shailu managed to get party ticket through hectic lobbying by a senior leader. Over a dozen student leaders have been denied party tickets.

Mahila Morcha

BJP Mahila Morcha is also disappointed with the way tickets were distributed. Only two women were selected as candidates in this assembly polls. Neither of them is from Mahila Morcha. The disgruntled office bearers of Mahila Morcha are not in a position to oppose the party’s decision openly.

One party leader said that only making slogan and staging dharna will not fetch women tickets. Kavita Chaudhari and Anupama Jaiswal who got tickets are holding the party post. Rest of the party workers failed to get tickets.

Morcha office bearers expressed unhappiness over Hariaya assembly seat from where Anuradha Chaudhary has been fielded. Mahila Morcha’s former state unit president Lajrani Garg said, “The women need to be well prepared for electoral politics.”
Minority Morcha

The devoted workers under Minority Morcha are in great distress as the office bearers are not familiar with a lone minority candidate Shakil Saifi. General secretary Nadim Akhtar said, “The party high command’s decision to field Shakil on Sahasvan seat is astonishing step. The morcha had identified 27 seats. It had sent a list of strong and devoted workers to the party leadership. But the party fielded outsiders on the seat ignoring the genuine workers. Party leadership has been apprised of the entire episode.”

Businessmen and traders

Businessmen and traders have inclination towards the saffron party. But till date no candidate has been fielded from the BJP’s Trade and Industries Cell. Schedule Castes Morcha and Backward Classes Cell have also not been given due representation in ticket distribution. Backward Classes Cell’s Sanjay Prajapati has made complaint with central leadership about not giving ticket to his community.

JNN