Ya­dav Bahu vs& TV Bahu Slug it Out in UP

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Varanasi: Ov­er­en­thu­si­as­tic party work­ers seek­ing self­ies with Sa­ma­jwadi Party star cam­paigner Dim­ple Ya­dav and their slo­ga­neer­ing in­ter­rupt­ing her speeches are be­com­ing a slight prob­lem for the party. An inci- dent in­volv­ing the Ya­dav bahu los­ing her cool is now be­ing milked by the telly bahu-turned­min­is­ter and the BJPs star woman cam­paigner Sm­riti Irani.

“Should I leave? If you speak one more time, I will leave. I will tell your names to Bhaiya (her hus­ban­dand­chief min­is­terAkhilesh Ya­dav). If you all keep speak­ing, what is the point of me speak­ing? You have to re­main dis­ci­plined and ex­er­cise calm,” Dim­ple told a group of party work­ers at a pub­lic meeti ng i n Al l a habad o n Fe­bru­ary 20, snap­ping at them mul­ti­ple times in her speech.

The video of the live-streamed meet­ing­has­been­pickedup­bythe BJP, es­pe­cially Irani. Rais­ing it at her sub­se­quent pub­lic meet­ings, Irani said if the CM’s wife was afraid of rowdy SP work­ers, how would a nor­mal woman feel safe in UP. “A BJP gov­ern­ment in UP will give se­cu­rity to Dim­ple,” Irani said. Dim­ple, two days ago, hit back say­ing Irani was drama­tis- ing the is­sue like “she used to speak di­a­logues in her TV se­ri­als”.

The BSP has also raised this is­sue, say­ing Mayawati will en­sure woman safety in UP, mak­ing Akhilesh Ya­dav won­der on Sun­day why Mayawati was so both­ered and asked her to call the 1090 woman helpline in that case.

Selfie-seek­ing and slo­ga­neer­ing SP work­ers are in­deed a nig­gling is­sue at Dim­ple’s pub­lic meet­ings as wit­nessed by ET at more than a cou­ple of her ral­lies. An SP spokesper­son and Dim­ple’s com­pan­ion at most of her ral­lies, Juhie Singh, told ET that the BJP was wor­ried about the ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of Dim­ple and the big crowds com­ing to lis­ten to her at ral­lies. UP BJP Pres­i­dent Ke­shav Prasad Mau­rya said the whole state was un­der fear. “Jis CM se apni patni ki surak­sha nahi ki ja sakti, woh kisi aur ki kya karega (A CM who can’t pro­tect his own wife, what will he pro­tect oth­ers),” Mau­rya told ET.


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