After the recent riots, the communally divided western Uttar-Pradesh is all geared up for elections. Both Hindu and Muslim communities are considering to support the winnable candidates in the Lok Sabha polls.

The Hindus of the region are pondering over polarizing their votes in favour of winnable candidates. The people in riot-hit Kairana, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur constituencies are likely to vote on communal grounds.

On being asked about the election scenario, Rameshpal a resident of Nhthori village of Nakud constituency said, “Whatever the elderly people say, is not true. The youth wants to change.”

Head of Khap Bateesa, Chowdhary Udayveer Singh’s mindset has changed. Chowdhary, who would applaud Chowdhary Charan Singh, says, “My aim is to defeat Muslim candidate. Nobody is Dalit or Jat, everyone is Hindu in this election.”

Kairana constituency has 40 percent Muslim voters. Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur also have 30 and 35 percent Muslim voters.  

After the riots, BSP’s social engineering seems to have cracked in the region, while BJP’s vote bank swelled due to polarization of votes. All the parties except BJP are trying to woo the Muslim voters. The move is certainly going to escalate tension in the region.

It remains to be seen who will emerge victorious in the western UP but entire political campaign is revolving around the communalism.

JPN/Bureau