UP Elections 2022: Meet The New Generation of leaders

UP Elections 2022
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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress General Secretary, is leading from the front, with the difficult task of resurrecting a nearly defunct party. Priyanka will not run in the UP Elections 2022, but she will undoubtedly plan a vigorous campaign for her party. A new generation of politicians is gearing up to lead the political campaign, setting the way for a new era in the state’s politics.

Congress will aim to catch the proverbial bull by the horns under her leadership. Direct and forceful campaigning approach her opponents.

Jayant Chaudhary is the future of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in western Uttar Pradesh. With the party’s performance declining in the last four elections, Jayant Chaudhary’s new generation leadership and active approach to political issues aim to unify Jaat and Muslim voters in western Uttar Pradesh. However, due to his prominent engagement in the continuing farmer’s movement. With the support he has got from his Jat community, the balances are moving in his favor.

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Aditya Yadav, the son of Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohiya (PSPL) chairman Shivpal Yadav, ranks second on the list. In the UP Elections 2022, he will begin his electoral campaign. Aditya Yadav to run for the Jaswantnagar seat, with his father switching from his current position to support him. Aditya had planned to make his electoral debut in 2017, but a family quarrel that threatened to split the Samajwadi Party vertically forced him to postpone his plans.

Aditya Yadav, a quiet and inconspicuous leader, has learned organizational skills from his father, Shivpal Yadav.

Aditi Singh, a Congress MLA, has always been a source of controversy due to her words and actions that contradict her party’s position. She is a well-educated social activist.

Similarly, Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan, a prominent Dalit young face raising concerns about Dalit and caste discrimination in western Uttar Pradesh, is a  Dalit young face challenging the Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) conventional politics and denting the new allied caste equation favoring the BJP.

Although AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi is hardly a fresh face on the political scene, his new coalition with OP Rajbhar has piqued the interest of Uttar Pradesh’s youth. In the minority community, he has a sizable following. His ‘controversial’ words and attitude toward the BJP have spawned a three-pronged opposition to the BJP’s winning chariot in the state.

Can these young leaders bring change after UP Elections 2022?

UP minister Mohsin Raza claimed the opposition had failed to stop the BJP in any election despite their best effort. This so-called new generation would not be able to confront the party since they had yet to prove their mettle.

Juhie Singh, the SP’s spokeswoman, praised the addition of new faces to the political scene. She stated that the transformation was ongoing and that with the influx of fresh faces, female leadership would emerge to alter the political landscape.

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Professor Abhishek Mishra, the young leader of the Samajwadi Party and a former minister, countered Mohsin Raza’s opinion by saying that the situation has changed as new faces entered politics.

Many hitherto unheard topics, he claimed, were being raised. He used the example of Samajwadi Party chairman Akhilesh Yadav, who said that he received the mandate because he was a new generation.

Prof Mishra believes that as more fresh faces arrive, serious issues discuss. Ratan Manilal, a political analyst, remark that during each election.

He states that most of them were following in the footsteps of their forefathers. A few examples are Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan and Asaduddin Owaisi. They consider political challenges to the BJP since they would not gain a majority but would alter the electoral arithmetic in the upcoming UP Elections 2022.