Nirhua was defeated in 2019, then how did he get the ticket?
Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirhua contested against Akhilesh Yadav of SP in 2019 on BJP ticket. Akhilesh, however, secured a unilateral victory and nearly double the votes polled from Nirahua. After this victory, the morale of the BJP was definitely broken, but Nirhua had no contact with this area at all. In the assembly elections held in the same year, Nirhua was vigorously engaged in campaigning for the party. While his songs continued to play in Azamgarh, on many occasions he himself was seen campaigning in the area. Despite his hard work, the BJP was defeated in all the five seats in the region, but the party cadre had guessed his popularity after seeing his hard work and the crowd gathered in his roadshow.
Did the closeness of Yogi Adityanath work for Nirhua?
His close proximity to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is also being cited as a reason behind Nirhua getting the ticket from Azamgarh seat for the second time. Since the 2019 elections, the BJP is continuously using Nirhua in the election campaign in eastern UP. Nirhua himself had released videos in support of making Yogi CM just before the assembly elections this year. In this, Nirhua called for making Adityanath the CM not only in 2022 but also in 2027. After the announcement of Nirahua’s name in Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat, Yogi arrived last week to attend his campaign program. While Nirhua continued to raise the issue of Yogi’s victory in the assembly elections in the elections, Yogi Adityanath, playing the Hindutva card, even gave indications of changing the name of Azamgarh to Aryamgarh.
How did Nirahua’s popularity dominate?
How did the caste equation fit with Nirhua’s standing?
If we look at the caste equations of Azamgarh, then this seat has the maximum number of four lakh Yadav voters. There are three lakh Muslims and 2.75 lakh Dalit voters. In 2019, when Nirhua was contested against Akhilesh Yadav, both Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) were fighting together. It is said that the main reason for Akhilesh’s bumper victory in this seat was the convergence of Muslim and Dalit votes. However, this time the picture was completely different due to the BSP fighting separately in the elections. This time BSP gave ticket to Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali to align Muslim votes with Dalit votes. That is, the Muslim votes fixed for Dharmendra Yadav have already been cut by the BSP. On the other hand, the popularity of Nirhua and his being a Yadav also proved to be a problem for Dharmendra. The scattering of Yadav votes made this election easy for Nirhua, while Dharmendra Yadav was defeated despite giving a tough fight.