Aware that it can't mobilize Muslim and Yadav votes in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has turned to the Dalits
The recent alliance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) in Bihar, and the induction of Dalit leader Udit Raj into the BJP in Uttar Pradesh (UP) seem to be designed to attract the Dalit vote in Bihar and UP. At this moment one can only speculate if the BJP would be able to attract additional Dalit votes in Bihar and UP by way of its alliance with the LJP and having a new Dalit face ofthe party in UP. But forging the alliance has helped the party send out the message that the BJP under Narendra Modi may not be an untouchable to other parties, as many may believe. There may be other political parties which may not be inclined to form a pre-poll alliance with the BJP, but some of them may be willing to form a post-poll alliance with it in case the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) falls short of a majority. After all, in politics there are no permanent friends and enemies. We have seen parties changing alliances frequently.
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