Sunday, 22 January 2017

Possible SP-led bloc may upset Mayawati’s elephantine plans

NEW DELHI: The possible SP-Congress-RLD alliance may upset the plans of the BSP, which has been eyeing Muslim votes in the upcoming assembly elections.

BSP’s decision to field about 97 candidates from the minority community reflects its attempt to wean Muslims off SP and dent the incumbent party’s Muslim-Yadav support base. However, if the alliance is sealed, Muslims may not rush to desert the SP as the BSP has been hoping since the family feud broke out in the ruling party.

The infighting in the Yadav clan had raised hopes among BSP leaders that Muslims would find it a safer bet than a weakened SP. With Akhilesh Yadav appearing to emerge stronger after winning the battle for control of the party, an alliance could strengthen SP’s chances of retaining support of the Muslim community.

BSP chief Mayawati is closely watching the developments in SPCongress camp, said a party member. “BSP has nothing to worry in case of SP-Congress-RLD alliance.

We believe there is anti-incumbency factor. Besides, despite ruling at the centre, BJP has not done anything for UP,” said the member.

In the recent past, BSP has projected itself as a strong option to check the BJP in UP. If SP-Congress-RLD alliance becomes a reality, it may prompt the BSP leadership to adopt a fresh strategy to target the BJP and possible SP-headed alliance during the election campaign. “Behenji (Mayawati) may begin her election campaign from February 1. She has every possible challenge in her mind,” the BSP member said.


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