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However, because it was some sort of a momentous occasion for me then because I was on the way back into the Test side, there is a section that is still treading cautiously about the party’s prospects in Uttar Pradesh, would like to err on the safe side and prefer not to go overboard with their assessments.“This is precisely what had happened in the 2009 Lok Sabha election when party leaders had started celebrating even during the polling process and we all know what was the eventual result This time too the celebrations have come a bit too early” says a veteran BJP leader who does not hold any position in the state unit now Amit Shah AFP The introspection has come about in view of the recent assertion by the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh election in-charge Amit Shah who said on a TV interview that the party will get 50-55 seats in Uttar Pradesh “I can say that with confidence because I don’t sit in a studio but among the people In fact after a long time the Uttar Pradesh BJP came out to the streets to fight the polls spiritedly" Shah said He went on to give reasons on which his projection was based and these included the reorganization of the BJP state set-up division of the state into eight zones where Narendra Modi addressed rallies and the efforts to take the Modi message to remote villages with the slogan Abki baar Modi sarkaar At present the BJP has 10 MPs out of the total 80 These are Ghaziabad (Rajnath Singh) Meerut (Rajendra Agrawal) Agra (Ram Shankar) Aonla (Maneka Gandhi) Pilibhit (Varun Gandhi) Lucknow (Lalji Tandon) Gorakhpur (Yogi Adityanath) Bansgaon (Kamlesh Paswan) Azamgarh (Ramakant Yadav) and Varanasi (Murli Manohar Joshi) A quick analysis of the campaign environment and voting pattern indicates that in the first two rounds the impact of voter polarization was quite high with seats like Saharanpur Muzaffarnagar Ghaziabad Gautam Budh Nagar Bulandshahr Aligarh Moradabad Rampur Bareilly and Pilibhit witnessing polarized voting in the rounds on April 10 and 17 In the next two rounds on April 24 and 30 however the impact of polarization had diminished and in places like Agra Fatehpur Sikri Firozabad Mainpuri Etawah Kannauj Sitapur Unnao Lucknow Rae Bareli Kanpur and Jhansi voting took place along regional and caste lines In the last two rounds on May 7 and 12 which saw high turnout in eastern districts such as Amethi Sultanpur Allahabad Faizabad Bahraich Gonda Gorakhpur Bansgaon Azamgarh Ghosi Ballia Jaunpur Chandauli Varanasi and Mirzapur polarization was evident once again with reports suggesting that even caste considerations had blurred “It is based on the performance in eastern UP that the BJP is expecting a tally of 50-60 in UP but it is not as if other parties have scored nothing in this region” says a BJP office-bearer Resentment among Brahmins and reports that BJP workers had worked against candidates foisted from outside are reported to have impacted the party’s chances in many eastern seats However a leader who was privy to the candidate selection process suggested that candidates had been selected with the specific thought that they should appear “compliant with the Modi wave” It meant that even if the candidate was relatively not well known he should have no qualms in contesting as a “Modi candidate” rather than on his own standing “This strategy has paid off especially in eastern UP” he felt A party leader in Varanasi said that Modi’s rallies had been organized in places where the BJP candidate appeared to be second in the running or was seen to be just a little lacking in his victory “That is why he went to remote places like Chandauli Ballia Bahraich Misrikh etc The results will bear this out” he said But the more grounded party leaders maintain that the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party have pockets of influence across the state and at places their candidates were much stronger locally State BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai has demanded extra security arrangements during the counting process in Etawah Mainpuri Kannauj Firozabad Farrukhabad Azamgarh Ghosi and Mau where many SP leaders or their family members and persons with criminal background are in the fray Independent political analysts also believe that the BJP has received tremendous support mainly because of Modi’s appeal but other factors too remain strong in varying degrees that may affect its numbers “The SP government is highly unpopular but there are reports that in western UP it has managed to retain Muslims’ support in some constituencies Similarly the BSP has also weaned away some Muslims’ support as well as retained much of its core Dalit votes although much of the latter appears to have moved towards BJP In the end the BJP appears to have gained but not to the extent that the number of seats of all other parties taken together will be reduced to less than 30” says Farid Abbasi a columnist State BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak however is unconvinced He says the party is headed for a historic win in the state and in eastern UP many candidates with criminal background face certain defeat As ? 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