Pradip Bhandari, the founder of Jan Ki Baat, spoke to Altaf Ansari ji, a resident of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, about the upcoming State assembly elections. Mr Ansari believed that a number of factors will play a crucial role for the voters; the Modi governments decision to demonetize the higher denomination currency to erase black money from the national structures, the internal feud within the Samajwadi Party that almost led to Akhilesh Yadavs separation from Mulayam Singh and Mayawatis Bahujan Samaj Paty would all come together to sway and influence the UP voter. What the common man whos tired of politics, explains Mr Ansari, wants is to lead a peaceful life.
The UP Elections 2017 would prove itself as a battleground for a number of parties and for a number of reason. The poll-pound state would bear witness to the clash between 3 different, politically, ideologically as well as socially, parties: emergence of Akhilesh Yadav is one of the SPs major concerns and the recent SP-Congress tie-up reveals this anxiety; the Bahujan Samaj Party led by Mayawati hopes to redeem its political future and rid itself off of charges of corruption; the BJP, too, hopes to capture the States seats to achieve its vision of a Congress-mukt India.
As Mr Ansari believes: ultimately, the PMs demonetization policy and Akhilesh Yadavs hardwork would face off. The role that BSP plays is yet to be seen as is party Supremo Mayawatis response.