There are indications of elections in about 150 Assembly constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh and the easiest way to understand those signs is the work of Naresh Tikait and Rakesh Tikait today.
Harsh Vardhan Tripathi
All eyes are on the election results in Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in the country. After more than a year of anti-agriculture legislation just before the Assembly elections in five states, the outlook on these elections has changed dramatically. Opposition parties may not be able to consolidate their ground under the brand of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but every political analyst is predicting a change in the political equation in the five states with the peasant movement and the hope of the opposition leaders rests on it.
The results in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab are bound to be associated with the anti-agriculture law movement. However, there are very few who believe that the elections in Goa and Manipur will make a difference in the anti-farmer and anti-agrarian law movement. The peasant movement may have an impact on some assembly seats in a district of Uttarakhand connected to Uttar Pradesh, but the peasant movement must be associated with it regardless of the election results in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
Now in Punjab, many farmers’ organizations have formed a team and their status will be known directly after the results, but the electoral maths of Uttar Pradesh has become interesting. Rakesh Tikait, who has become the biggest face of the anti-agrarian law movement, seems at first glance committed to overthrowing the Bharatiya Janata Party, but a closer look suggests that Rakesh Tikait could be better than him. Bharatiya Janata Party government. Be angry, but stay with the BJP as a party.
Rakesh Tikait’s village is called Sisauli in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh and is also the headquarters of the Indian Kisan Union Organitic. Tikait’s village, Sisauli, is the sole representative of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Assembly and Lok Sabha, and both are Jats, both claiming to be farmers like Rakesh Tikait.
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Dr. Sanjeev Balian, the state minister in the Modi government, continued the meeting even when he was at the forefront of the anti-agriculture law movement and got good support from the Jats. Now the question is, can the equation of Muslim and Jat unity of Akhilesh and Jayant Chowdhury somehow consume the potential of Bharatiya Janata Party? To estimate this, one has to look at the signs of elections in about 150 assembly constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh and the easiest way to understand those signs is the work of Naresh Tikait and Rakesh Tikait today.
During the movement, Rakesh Tikait kept saying that he would oust the BJP from power, not just in Uttar Pradesh, but in every state in the country to defeat the BJP. It is a different matter that in West Bengal, where the victory of the Trinamool Congress was absolutely certain, Rakesh Tikait did not go anywhere except for ceremonies. The controversy over Rakesh Tikait is still going on, but let alone the whole of Uttar Pradesh, Rakesh Tikait is avoiding the open plea to lose the Bharatiya Janata Party in the first and second round seats in western Uttar Pradesh. We will.
Even his elder brother and Chowdhury Naresh Tikait of Balian Khap, after announcing his support for the Samajwadi Party and the state Lok Dal, withdrew it and said that we had made a big mistake. Even during the peasant movement, when peasant organizations called for a ban, Rakesh Tikait drove Muzaffarnagar out of it. When the Bharatiya Janata Party government was badly besieged at Lakhimpur Kheri, Rakesh Tikait reached Lakhimpur Kheri without any hindrance and reached a compromise. At the same time, Priyanka Gandhi was fighting with the Bhadra Yogi government.
Yet neither Rakesh Tikait nor his Krishak Union Bharatiya Janata Party is running a big campaign to overthrow the government. Anchor was unnecessarily raising the issue of temples and mosques on a TV channel, questioning him on the issue of farmers. In another conversation, when Rakesh Tikait was asked if he had softened towards BJP, Rakesh Tikait said that we have no annoyance towards BJP.
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We have a fight with the government, we have a little fight with any party. The party and the government are different. Rakesh Tikait is talking as if an angry BJP worker is talking about his own government. In the speech of Union Minister Dr. Sanjeev Balyan, it is visible that when the wind blows from the west, the crop is good. We will win West UP well. Now Dr Sanjeev Balian is a BJP central government minister, so he will talk about his party’s victory, but just like picking a sheaf of rice from a pot, one can understand how much has been cooked, how much. The rest is left to cook, so is politics.
Guess the first two episodes of Western Uttar Pradesh, Rakesh did not go to defeat the BJP with all his might even after announcing Tikait. Naresh Tikait also retorted that he was against the BJP. According to Naresh Tikait and Rakesh Tikait, their actions clearly indicate the results of both the first phase.
(The author is a Hindi blogger and political scientist)