Legislative assembly

Will an auspicious number help contestants win? Well, the parties are hoping to cash in on “lucky number 7” in a seven-stage ballot

Lucknow: Some Uttar Pradesh politicians are making a big deal out of number 7 in the seven-phase assembly elections, saying the “auspicious” number will help them win.

From invoking the constellation “Saptarishi” (Ursa Major), seven basic notes of Indian classical music, to “saat phere” (seven circumambulations) – parties give different reasons and logic for claiming that they will emerge victorious surveys.

While the BJP hopes to score a hat-trick, the opposition Samajwadi party and the Congress believe that luck will smile on them in the upcoming elections.

The election commission had recently announced the timing of elections in the state. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

The state will go to the polls on February 10, February 14, February 20, February 23, February 27, March 3 and March 7.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Seth said number seven was seen as auspicious.

“There is the constellation ‘Saptarishi’ (Ursa Major). A rainbow has seven colors and there are seven basic notes in Indian classical music. In this assembly election, which will also take place in seven phases BJP will win over 300 seats,” he tweeted in Hindi.

Giving another reason for the possible victory of the saffron party, UP BJP spokesman Manish Shukla said that since the election phases will shift from the west to the east of the UP, the BJP will repeat its splendid performance as he did in the 2017 and 2019 elections.

UP leader Ashok Singh, however, accused the ruling BJP of engaging in a “cheating policy”.

“In the elections held in the state since 2014, the BJP has only indulged in the politics of cheating. colors) of the BJP. They decided to throw the BJP beyond ‘saat samundar’ (seven seas),” he said.

The Congress spokesman added that the party will “sail the seven seas with ease” in the polls.

Stepping up his attack on the BJP, Singh said, “BJP leaders have a habit of telling lies every seven days of the week, and therefore they will not be able to draw positive energy from the seven horses. of the chariot of the Sun God.” He also claimed that the “Saptarishis” (seven revered Hindu sages) would bless the Congress this time around.

Surendra Srivastava, Deputy Chairman of Samajwadi Party’s UP Unit, told PTI: “The seven-phase polls will prove lucky for the Samajwadi Party (SP) this time. The SP and its alliance partners will captivate the people with seven musical notes, and land the polls, the seventh and final phase of which interestingly falls on March 7.” Ashutosh Varshney, Organizer, Ram Seva Trust, Prayagraj, said: “The bride and groom take ‘seven spheres’ around the fire during the wedding to cement their bond. Now, it remains to be seen which party in Uttar Pradesh will eventually be able to cement its ties with the people of the state in the ongoing elections. Pointing to the seven holy cities of ‘Saptapuris’, he added: “A Sanskrit shloka describes the seven pilgrimage cities of Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya (Mayapuri or Haridwar), Kashi (Varanasi), Kanchi (Kanchipuram), Avantika ( Ujjain) and Dwaravati (Dwaraka). These seven cities are the giver of ‘Moksha’ (liberation) and are called Mokshapuri.” Varshney said of these, Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi are located in Uttar Pradesh, while Haridwar is located in Uttarakhand (another poll-linked state).

“Uttar Pradesh has 403 seats in its legislature, and the single digit sum of 403 is also 7,” he added.

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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2022, 2:35 PM IST