Meerut: The crucial Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh might be inching towards culmination but the excitement is far from over, especially in western parts of the state where parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo Jat voters, who still hold the key in Meerut.
The western part, which goes to polls in the seventh and final phase, is predominantly inhabited by the Jat community and all parties, including the ruling BSP, are leaving nothing to change to harness the potential votebank in their best-possible way.
In a state otherwise trailing behind in various standards of living, the region, somewhat, has become a symbol of prosperity with rapid development both in its rural and urban parts owing to the Green Revolution and its vicinity to the national capital Delhi.
In previous 2007 elections, this hotbed of Green Revolution saw BSP emerging as the largest party by grabbing 34 out of the 65 seats, followed by BJP with 11 and RLD with 10. SP and Congress could merely open their accounts with 3 and 2 seats respectively.
With late Mahendra Singh Tikait's Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) posing no major challenge, Union minister Ajit Singh, who has joined hands with Congress this time, is the one big name here this time and is trying his best to consolidate his party RLD's position in these elections.
Western UP used to be the epicentre of former Prime Minister and Ajit's father Charan Singh, who had an unmatchable influence over the Jat community during his glorious days.
The districts going to polls in the final phase include Ghaziabad, Meerut, Baghpat, Saharanpur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Agra etc.