In 2014, BJP and its ally Apna Dal
had won 73 of 80 Lok Sabha seats and 325 out of 403 seats in the 2017 Assembly elections.
(Sonelal), an ally of the BJP-led NDA, attributed her decision to "massive erosion" in her support base.
The party's tie-up with Apna Dal
, majorly a party of Kurmis, and Nishad, a party of fishermen and those living in riverine areas, was a master stroke in garnering extra support to take it to the victory stand.
Anupriya Patel, an OBC Lok Sabha member of ally Apna Dal
, Krishna Raj, a Dalit woman MP and Mahendra Nath Pandey, a Brahmin face in the poll- bound Uttar Pradesh might get entry into the cabinet.
While hoping to gain in Assam, the BJP is aware that the prized catch of Uttar Pradesh is likely to elude it since it cannot realistically hope to replicate its success of winning 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats - its ally, Apna Dal
, won two - in Uttar Pradesh in the last general election.
Patel, who had picked up his lessons from his one-time mentor Kanshi Ram, later floated Apna Dal
in Uttar Pradesh, which today is an ally of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party at the centre.
But analysts caution that voting along caste lines remains strong in ruralUttar Pradeshand neighbouringBihar, and -- taking no chances -- the BJP has joined hands with Apna Dal
, which represents a low caste of farmers in the Varanasi region.
The BJP and its allies clinched seven out of 12 seats Apna Dal
leader Anupriya Patel, DMK's Kanimozhi, CPI's D Raja, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu after an all- party meeting called by PM Narendra Modi ( above) in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Leaders of Shiv Sena, TDP, LJP, SAD and smaller parties including NPP, SDF and RPI (Athawale) were present as also representatives of the Shetkari Swabhiman Paksha and Apna dal
The extent of the party's reverses in Uttar Pradesh can be gauged from the fact that BJP's ally, Apna Dal
, lost the Rohaniya assembly seat, which is one of the assembly segments in Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency represented by Prime Minister Modi.
Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat was among the five seats the Samajwadi Party had won in the general elections as BJP had swept Uttar Pradesh by winning 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats while ally Apna Dal
SP was ahead in 11 seats, BSP three, Congress one, Apna Dal