WILL PRIYANKA HURT BUA AND BHATIJA?
The SP worries she’ll take away Muslim votes, but believes the Congress will damage the BJP more
If she pulls in non-Jatav Dalit votes, which had moved to the BJP, she’ll indirectly help the BSP
May also help the SP-BSP by wooing non-Yadav OBCs such as Kurmis away from the BJP
Her entry may prompt the SP-BSP to rejig the poll alliance, though Mayawati is yet to relent
Party insiders say leaders of the three parties are likely to informally agree on constituency-wise assessment to put up friendly fights, wherever needed, to minimise damage