In order to instill the confidence in people that the Bharatiya Janata Party is able to return to power in Uttar Pradesh after the assembly elections, the saffron party has fielded some of its senior leaders including national vice-president Kalraj Mishra in the poll fray. Talking to Dainik Jagran, Mishra shared his views on his party’s poll prospects in the state, possibility of government formation and other issues.


Q: Five phases of polling have already been conducted in UP. Where does BJP stand in the present scenario?

A: It is for the first time that people are apparently exercising their voting rights as a duty. In such a situation, the voters decide to vote for the candidate after proper contemplation. This has emboldened our belief that the voting percentage has increased in favour of the BJP.

Q: The party has projected you as a Brahmin leader in the polls. How far it will translate into the vote?

A: The party had observed that the public mood is in favour of the BJP but organizational weakness raised doubts on its coming to power. Therefore, the party decided to field senior leaders like Surya Pratap Shahi and Uma Bharti to give a message that the party is serious over the polls. The move is benefitting the party.

Q: The BJP think tank claims that the diverted Brahmin voters are returning to the party fold. You have also been the prominent face in Brahmin rallies. Share your experiences.  

A: Not only the traditional voters but other communities are also reinstating their faith in the party leadership. In order to free the state from the shackles of ill-governance and to fight against the massive corruption indulged in by the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre. It is not only the Brahmins but also the Upper Castes as well as other communities are looking towards the party. The BJP does not indulge in caste-based politics but believes in brining equality, harmony and prosperity in the society.

Q: Before the elections, BJP president Nitin Gadkari projected you as the chief ministerial candidate. Later, he included Uma Bharti and Surya Pratap Shahi too in this list. What are your views in this regard?

A: The BJP parliamentary board will decide who will be the Chief Minister. A formal decision in this regard is usually taken in the legislative party meeting of the newly elected MLAs. Gadkari has already projected four leaders including me, Rajnath Singh, Uma Bharti and Surya Pratap Shahi under whose collective leadership, the party is contesting polls.

Q: Could the voting percentage be increased?

A: The polling percentage would have crossed 70 percent, had the voter’s list been free from irregularities. In spite of bearing voter identity cards, many voters were not allowed to cast their votes as their names were missing from the voters list. The Election Commission must look into such discrepancies.

Q: How many seats your party is going to win? What will be your next step if the party fails to cross the magic figure of 202 in 403-member house?

A: After the completion of the five phases of elections, the polling trends hint that the BJP is heading towards full majority. Other parties are also predicting that the BSP is going to win 150 seats. If the BJP fails to come to power, the party will prefer to sit in opposition rather than forming post-poll alliance with any party.

Q: In case of the fractured mandate, what will be the approach of party?

A: In that case, decisions will be made as per the rules of constitutional procedure.

Q: What is your reaction on Union Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal’s statement of imposing ‘President’s rule’ in the state if the Congress failed to come to power?

A:The Congress fears of its debacle in assembly polls. The party is not in a position to get even the twenty-two seats which it had grabbed in 2007 assembly polls.
Jaiswal’s statement indicates that the party is suffering from depression and disappointment. His comment clearly violates the model code of conduct of the EC.

Q: What do you think over the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka? What formula you would suggest to resolve the issue?

A: Indiscipline must not be tolerated at any cost. Anyone who does not accept the decision of the party leadership must face strict action. Crisis will be resolved soon. The party must consult to the legislators and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to arrive at a unanimous solution.