BJP strategies to reach out to khap leaders in western Uttar Pradesh

The BJP is preparing to connect to khap (community) leaders in western Uttar Pradesh in an effort to include the spiralling agitation led by the Jats versus the 3 main farm laws in a region where the party has actually taken pleasure in overwhelming support in current elections.

“We will go and sit with farmers in the area and try to hear them out,” Union minister Sanjeev Balyan informed ET after a conference with Jat leaders of western UP at his home on Wednesday.

The conference happened a day after home minister Amit Shah and the BJP’s national president JP Nadda fulfilled Jat MPs, MLAs and leaders of UP, Haryana and Rajasthan Balyan met about 20 leaders from western UP including state ministers and MLAs. The BJP’s nationwide vice president Saudan Singh was also present at the meeting.”The 3 farm laws are not a problem with western UP farmers,” stated Balyan. “In western UP, there are no APMC (agricultural produce marketing committee) mandis (markets), only gud (jaggery) mandis. The farmers here are already introduction agreement farming for sugarcane as they participate in a contract with sugar mills.”Balyan said the party leaders who went to the conference would address other issues of farmers such as electrical power and sugarcane payments and make the BJP’s main management knowledgeable about their grievances.The BJP is fretted about the mahapanchayats occurring in western UP nearly on a daily basis. These gatherings are drawing in huge crowds, primarily from the Jat community. Different khaps are also organising mahapanchayats and mobilising assistance for the farmers’ motion.”The khap leaders are our leaders too and we will satisfy them and attempt to persuade them,” said Balyan.The BJP has advised its leaders to go to their respective areas and organise small and large meetings from panchayat approximately district level in order to persuade individuals about the three farm laws.”There is no concern of reversing the farm laws. Political celebrations have actually participated in the movement and are trying to make headway in the name of farmers. We will make the people aware of the political motives behind this motion,” Rajkumar Chahar, nationwide president, BJP Kisan Morcha, informed ET.There are about 18 Lok Sabha seats in western UP where Jats have substantial impact, and they have actually been electing the BJP in great deals since 2014 Lok Sabha election, said BJP functionaries.The party’s instant concern is the upcoming zila panchayat elections in about two months. There are 26 zila panchayats in western UP and the BJP currently controls 25 of them. Jat citizens have substantial impact in about 18 of these zila panchayats. UP is also headed for an assembly election early next year.

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