UNITED AGAINST COM­MON FOE(S)

Millennium Post - - Editorial -

The ele­phant has made a new turn! Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party chief Mayawati and Sa­ma­jwadi party leader Akhilesh Ya­dav have joined hands for the up­com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tions. UP, hav­ing the largest piece of the Lok Sabha cake with 80 seats, looks set to pro­vide BJP with a not-so-sur­pris­ing blow. Ever since the saf­fron party wit­nessed the fall in the three Hindi-heart­land states, things have

looked bleak. The na­tion’s po­lit­i­cal set up has gone frenzy over the saf­fron party’s fall in the ‘warm-up’ to the gen­eral elec­tions and the Op­po­si­tion has switched gears. Con­gress has con­tin­u­ously pestered BJP with Rafale, fur­ther hurt­ing them by win­ning the three states. Amidst the un­de­sir­able pre-poll sce­nario that they find them­selves in, a BSP-SP com­bine in one of its rul­ing states – that too a po­lit­i­cally de­ci­sive one – adds to the trou­ble. What many termed as a po­lit­i­cal gim­mick got the Pres­i­dent’s as­sent last week to be­come a law. EWS has 10 per cent quota with a bar of 8 lakh an­nual in­come. The de­ci­sive role this is go­ing to play re­mains to be seen but pro­jec­tions can still be made of the de­sired out­come the Lo­tus party wants to build out of the de­clin­ing pop­u­lar­ity. The BSP-SP al­liance car­ried for­ward from the Phulpur and Go­rakh­pur Lok Sabha by­polls is now set to op­pose BJP, and Con­gress, for the grand elec­tions. It is in their in­ter­est to di­min­ish per­sonal an­i­mos­ity for a greater good. Fight­ing on 38 seats each out of the 80 is a clear sig­nal of their in­ten­tions. This al­liance does not want ei­ther of the two and their slo­gan “Bua ka Desh, Bha­tee­jey ka Pradesh” could not be more pre­cise. While Rahul Gandhi’s con­stant chant of a united op­po­si­tion lost some credit with this al­liance an­nounce­ment, the post-poll sce­nario might take a new turn. The al­liance will not field can­di­dates for the seats of Ame­thi and Rae Bareilly – Rahul and So­nia’s turf – and left two more for its al­lies. Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal, maybe. The coali­tion which had part ways due to the in­fa­mous 1995 Meera Bai Marg guest house in­ci­dent is back af­ter 23 years. When SP work­ers had in­ter­rupted Mayawati’s MLA meet­ing abus­ing Mayawati, BJP MLA Brahm Dutt Dwivedi had saved her. The con­se­quen­tial BSP-BJP com­bine gave her the CM seat. SP and BSP have been on bit­ter terms ever since but no more. Mayawati, who had tied up with Mu­layam Ya­dav to keep BJP out of power in Luc­know, has reigned in UP’S po­lit­i­cal par­a­digm for a long time to be de­ci­sive with her ac­tions at the right time. She had walked back on her com­mit­ment to PM Va­j­payee’s no-con­fi­dence mo­tion, which the gov­ern­ment even­tu­ally lost by a vote. This al­liance cites her re­vived hos­til­ity against BJP. Her al­liance with Mu­layam’s son and not invit­ing Con­gress to the ta­ble is def­i­nitely one of her po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated land­mark de­ci­sions. And know­ing Mayawati, and even Akhilesh, if BSP-SP com­bine man­ages to up­set BJP in UP and gar­ner votes, they might just sup­port Con­gress ow­ing to how BJP and Con­gress de­fine the na­tional race for the Cen­tre seat. In an un­ex­pected turn of events, how­ever, if what KCR urged upon his suc­ces­sive vic­tory in Te­lan­gana about the pos­si­ble Third Front stand­ing to op­pose these two ma­jor com­peti­tors is true, then the BSP-SP com­bine will be more than in­ter­ested to ex­plore that op­por­tu­nity. Con­demn­ing Con­gress for its Bo­fors scam and warn­ing BJP of the same fate with its Rafale is­sue, Mayawati’s voice dis­plays a strong dis­sent. Ad­dress­ing the BJP na­tional con­ven­tion a lit­tle af­ter the UP devel­op­ment, PM Modi stressed on the coali­tion-build­ing ef­forts of the op­po­si­tion as a failed ex­per­i­ment to bring in a help­less gov­ern­ment. He termed the op­po­si­tion’s am­bi­tion as a “Ma­j­boor” gov­ern­ment to pro­mote nepo­tism and cor­rup­tion against BJP’S “Ma­j­boot” one for all-round devel­op­ment. UP CM Yogi Adityanath said, “Those who did not like each other are talk­ing about a ma­ha­gath­band­han (grand al­liance).” He added, “This is an al­liance for cor­rup­tion, an­ar­chy and po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity”. He be­lieves that BJP will win again bank­ing on its devel­op­ment wheel that it has put the na­tion on. While BJP re­mained con­fi­dent, or at least look like, Con­gress held a meet­ing in Luc­know yes­ter­day to dis­cuss the course of ac­tions in the af­ter­math of them be­ing ousted from the coali­tion. The coali­tion re­ceived pos­i­tive re­sponses from other po­lit­i­cal

lead­ers across the na­tion with Mamta Ban­er­jee de­scrib­ing it as a “new po­lit­i­cal revo­lu­tion” which was sighted at pre­vent­ing BJP from get­ting back to power. The anti-lo­tus feel­ing is preva­lent de­spite the passed bills and all-round devel­op­ment. The mi­nuses have hurt peo­ple and the re­cent 5-state elec­tions gave us a glimpse of the peo­ple’s man­date. BJP heads into the elec­tions as a hurt lion but even when hurt, a lion’s dan­ger­ous and BJP will be eye­ing to prove that.

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