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Buoyed by Lok Sabha victory, SP eyes now on Maharashtra, will Akhilesh’s stalwart Indrajit pull off a miracle?

Nita Yadav

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Akhilesh Yadav, Indrajit Saroj and Abu Azmi

After a brilliant performance in the Lok Sabha elections, the SP is eyeing the Maharashtra assembly elections. With Bharat Gatbandhan, SP wants to contest at least 10 seats in Maharashtra. However, the party is gearing up for 35 assembly seats. Akhilesh Yadav has made Indrajit Saroj in charge of Maharashtra to make this expansion policy of SP successful.

This is the first time during Akhilesh Yadav’s tenure that the Samajwadi Party has sent its veteran leader in charge of a major state outside UP. Under such circumstances, two questions are being raised in political circles regarding this appointment. Firstly, why did Akhilesh give the reins of Maharashtra to Indrajit Saroj and secondly, can Saroj do wonders in Maharashtra?

Command Indrajit Saroj?

Indrajit Saroj, who joined the SP from the Bahujan Samaj Party, is considered the leader of the organisation. Saroj was made National General Secretary by Akhilesh Yadav in 2019. So far Saroj was overseeing Kaushambi, Pratapgarh and Allahabad areas.

In 2024, the SP won 3 out of 4 seats in these constituencies. After this victory of SP, there was also talk of making Saroj the Leader of Opposition in UP Assembly, but before that Akhilesh has given him the command of Maharashtra.

Saroj hails from the Pasi (Dalit) community and this community constitutes about 10.5 percent of the population in Maharashtra. If seen statistically, the population of Dalits in each assembly of Maharashtra is around 15 thousand.

The SP’s biggest face in Maharashtra is Abu Azmi, who is also considered a big leader of the Muslim community. This community constitutes about 11 percent of the population in the state. Akhilesh has sent Saroj in charge to Maharashtra to connect these two communities.

What is the claim of SAPA in Maharashtra?

After the Lok Sabha elections, the Samajwadi Party’s state unit in Maharashtra held a review meeting, in which Abu Azmi instructed to vigorously prepare for 30-35 seats in Maharashtra. After this, Azmi met Akhilesh Yadav.

The SP is trying to contest at least 10 seats under the Indian alliance in Maharashtra. There are 3 arguments of the party behind this-

, In 2009, SP won 4 assembly seats (Mankhurd Nagar, Bhiwani East, Bhiwani West and Navapur). In 2019 also the party won 2 seats.

, The Samajwadi Party contested on 7 seats in 2019 and got a total of 0.69 percent votes. The party’s vote percentage in 2009 was 0.74%.

, The Samajwadi Party has support in the Mumbai semi-urban and Thane-Konkan zones of Maharashtra. There are about 50 assembly seats in these areas.

The performance of SP will be determined by these 2 conditions

Whether or not the SP will be able to show charisma in the upcoming elections in Maharashtra will be determined by two scenarios.

1. How many seats SP will get in seat distribution of India Alliance? Despite all efforts in the Lok Sabha elections, the SP has not won a single seat in Maharashtra. This time, if the party does not get the seats as per the demand, its performance may be affected. Overall, seat sharing in Maharashtra could prove challenging for Indrajit Saroj.

2. How the SP contests elections in Maharashtra could also have an impact on the party’s performance. In the recent Lok Sabha elections, the SP won one seat under the Bharat Alliance in Madhya Pradesh, but its candidate was rejected. In this case, the SP high command was accused of contesting the elections with indifference.

Elections are to be held in Maharashtra this year

Assembly elections in Maharashtra are proposed to be held in October-November this year. There are a total of 288 assembly seats in the state, out of which at least 145 seats are required to form the government.

The main contest in the state is between the NDA vs the Bharatiya Janata Party. NDA has parties like Shiv Sena, NCP, BJP, RPI and MNS, while on the other hand India has parties like Congress, Shiv Sena (UBT), NCP (SP).

Parties like Bahujan Vikas Aghadi and AIMIM are also trying to triangulate the contest.

As for the Samajwadi Party, the SP fielded candidates on 7 seats in 2019, winning 2 of them. In 2014, it fielded 28 candidates, of which 1 won.

If the claim of SP in the Bharat alliance increases, its impact can also be seen on the seat sharing of Congress, NCP (SP) and Shiv Sena (UBT). So far there is talk that in Maharashtra, the number of seats can be shared equally between the three parties.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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