The continuing exit of senior leaders from the party had certainly put the BSP in tizzy and brought smiles on faces of opposition parties especially Bharatiya Janata Party, which is putting all efforts to ensure it forms government in UP in 2017 like it did in Centre in 2014. If exit of many leaders had brought smile, the quitting of BSP by then Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya had BJP leaders laughing the maximum.
Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and national BJP chief Amit Shah began UP’s election campaign, their focus had been to give a picture of BJP Vs SP contest in the run up to Vidhan Sabha election. No wonder, both pointed their attack on Samajwadi Party government and it’s leaders. While the PM took on SP government claiming its non-cooperation with Centre, Shah had been hitting out at SP leaders for Jawaharbagh incident.
There was reaction from SP leaders on every attack by Modi-Shah combine. This was gradually creating a perception that the UP polls are BJP Vs SP fight at least so believed BJP strategists.
However, Dayashanker’s one statement on Mayawati changed the political dynamics leaving BJP on backfoot. Action was prompt from the BJP leadership to plug the damage as early as possible. Hence, the party removed Singh from all responsibilities in the afternoon and expelled him for six years late in the evening.
The issue was cleverly raked up by the BSP leaders until the dharna in Lucknow, where overzealous BSP workers led by their leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui and others went overboard in reacting and used derogatory language against Singh’s family.
It was the turn of Singh’ family hence to lodge an FIR the next day while Singh’s wife Swati Singh, who now lives separately in Ashiana, on the advise of many ‘players’ some included a few journalists while others included BJP leaders, as claimed by BSP leadership, has now opened a front demanding honour for her daughter and others. Though the BSP leaders denied the charges that they used derogatory language, the matter gave BJP to bounce back. The UP BJP also held a statewide demonstration in support of daughter’s honour.
No wonder, Swati Singh’s sympathy seeking appeal did help the BJP to bounce back, its major worries have begun actually now. The problem for the party now is that they are caught between the devil and the deep sea. If they don’t continue their attack on BSP like its plan that party’s women wing would stage protest in Lucknow on July 28, they would lose the issue and might annoy the upper caste voters and if they continue to attack, the threat of BSP making it anti-Dalit campaign also looms large on the BJP leaders’ mind.
Not in a position to lose either, the BJP would have to tread a cautious path from now. However, their present worry is certainly how to re-create the perception that the vidhan sabha election would be BJP Vs SP contest and not BJP Vs BSP. The more the former, the better are the chances of polarisation. However, if more the latter, the BJP will be at a risk of losing the pro-Dalit campaign plot.
TURN OF EVENTS
July 19: UP BJP vice-president Dayashanker Singh compares BSP chief Mayawati with prostitute in Mau
July 20: Video of Dayashanker Singh’s press conference goes viral
July 20: Uproar in Parliament
July 20: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley apologises on behalf of BJP
July 20: BJP relieves Singh of all party responsibilities
July 20: Naseemuddin Siddiqui led BSP leaders lodge FIR against Dayashanker Singh calls dharna on July 21
July 20: BJP expels of Dayashanker Singh for six years
July 21: BSP dharna begins
July 21: BSP leaders raise slogans like ‘Dayashanker ki beti ko pesh karo’
July 22: Dayashanker Singh’s wife reacts to derogatory language used by BSP leaders
July 22: Dayashanker’s family rushes to Hazratganj police station, files FIR against BSP leaders
July 22: Naseemuddin holds press conference, denies making derogatory remarks
July 23: BJP stages statewide protest in support of girls’ honour
July 24: Mayawati attacks both SP and BJP on Dayashanker Singh issue, says if Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav calls her ‘bua’, he should ensure justice is done to BSP complaint