The Bharatiya Janata Party has played the Other Backward Classes card by fielding the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Uma Bharti Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, from the Charkhari constituency in Mahoba district.
The Lodh dominated constituency is located in the Bundelkhand region. Ms. Bharti is from the community and was one of the BJP
leaders who had expressed resentment when the former Minister and accused in the National Rural Health Mission scam, Babu Singh Kushwaha, also belonging to the OBC, was inducted into the party. Subsequently, his membership was put on hold.