Jan Kranti Party (JKP) chief and one of the champions of Ram Temple movement, Kalyan Singh, is giving thrust on 105 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh in order to demonstrate his political clout as well as settle scores with Bharatiya Janata Party. Interestingly these 105 seats include the high profile constituencies from where senior BJP leaders like Uma Bharti, Kalraj Mishra and Om Prakash Singh are contesting. Kalyan is preparing to address more than one rally in these constituencies to boost the morale of the party candidates.

Party patriarch Kalyan Singh will kick off his poll campaign by addressing public rallies in Karnalganj and Rudauli constituencies. JKP general secretary Shankarlal Lodhi said, “Kalyan Singh Ji will use helicopter during campaign. He will address 2-3 rallies in a day.”

“Former CM will focus on Bundelkhand, Rohilkhand, Braj and Avadh regions,” added Lodhi. The JKP is viewing these 105 seats as his stronghold. Lodh and several most backward classes are in the sizable numbers in these areas. Kalyan’s main aim is to dent the poll prospect of both the BJP and the SP in the Assembly polls.

In order to fill the vacuum created in the party’s OBC vote-bank after Kalyan Singh’s ouster in 1999, BJP has fielded Uma Bharti in India’s most populous state, UP. This has aroused rivalry between Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh as both come from the same Lodh caste. Both of them will strive hard to ensure the victory of their respective party candidates. Kalyan will address two rallies in support of his party candidate Pawan Lodhi against Uma in Charkhari Assembly constituency. Pawan has been active in the constituency for the last two years.

Claiming the strong position of JKP in his constituency, Pawan said “The party has given more representation to the Lodhs and backward classes than that of BJP.”

Kalyan’s activity in Bareilly, Pilibhit, Etah, Badaun, Mainpuri, Agra, Aligarh, Shahjahanpur, Mathura, Hathras, Firozabad and Bulandshahr districts in Braj and Rohilkhand regions may mar the poll prospect of the saffron party. Kalyan decided to launch massive campaign against Kalraj Mishra, Gopal Tandon (son of Lucknow MP Lalji Tandon), Om Prakash Singh, former Speaker Keshri Nath Tripathi and Virendra Sirohi. It is worth mentioning that Kalyan Singh’s erstwhile party Rashtriya Kranti Party (RKP) won 4 seats with 3.8 percent vote share in 2002 Assembly polls. The RKP was formed after Kalyan’s ouster from saffron party for the first time in December 1999. He returned back to BJP fold prior to 2004 Lok Sabha polls but just ahead of 2009 General elections, Kalyan again parted his ways from the BJP and formed the JKP.