The UP elections is said to decide the future of India. The state with 14.05 crore eligible voters saw a turnout of about 60 percent this year for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections. The heartland of the country has an active political climate with almost every citizen having an informed opinion on politics. This year, BJP won the elections with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party coming in second and former Chief Minister Mayawati coming in at a distant third. The elections came in as a bit of a surprise for some since many expected the BJP-led government’s demonetisation decision to have a massive influence on poll results. I spoke to a few Uttar Pradesh natives who went back to their native land to vote for the BJP in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. This is what they had to say:
Sanjay Yadav, 29, is from the village of Gorakhpur. He says people were tired of the (Samjawadi Party) SP and (Bahujan Samaj Party) BSP. According to him, if they can’t resolve issues in the family (referring to the power tussle between Akhilesh Yadav and his father and former leader of SP Mulayam Singh Yadav) then how can they solve Uttar Pradesh’s problems? People want change and development he says.
Sunil Nishad, 26, hails from Jonpur. He believes in the purity and sanctity of the BJP and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He says, “It is a fact that BJP/Modi are pure as the Ganga.” He believes that whoever joins the party is absolved from their mortal sins. He believes BJP won in UP so that they could have a better future.
Mayaram Gaur, 42, hails from Faizabad. He is the owner of a gas agency. He believes that the previous Chief Minister (Akhilesh Yadav) was involved in a lot of scams and frauds and the ruling ministers were not good. He added that ministers’ supporters were doing gundagiri in UP.
Ganesh Sonkar, 28, hails from the holy city of Benares. He is employed as a watchman. He believes that Utta Pradesh deserves a fresh start and change of leadership. He is of the opinion that the BSP and SP were given too many chances and people want a new face to run the UP government.
Ajay Kumar Yadav, 25, hails from Siddharath Nagar and is employed as an electrician. He says he was quite impressed with the BJP’s election campaign this year. He adds that the BJP has being doing good work after their win in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.