KOLKATA: Samajwadi Party chief
and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo
In the show, in the Congress show, in the state of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan a miss – days after the MP in its government for unconditional support – more speculation of 2019 Lok Sabha elections ahead of the proposed BJP-BJP alliance.
BSP chief Mayawati’s no-show is no surprise, political analysts say. They say that by opting out of the Congress’s show, the two regional satraps have tried to send the message that despite a turnaround in the fortune of the grand old party in three Hindi-heartland states, when it comes to second fiddle to UP
In fact, while extending her support to Congress in MP the day after results, Mayawati – in the same breath – criticized Congress’s policies, underlining the fact that only the Congress of the Congress under the continuation of the neglect and the oppression of the Congress of governance underlines.
Akhilesh deputed Rajesh Kumar – The lone party MLA in MP – to represent him at Kamal Nath’s oath-taking ceremony in Bhopal Monday afternoon. “Our party president had prior commitments in Lucknow, including a series of meetings with party leaders,” said party MLC and spokesperson Udaiveer Singh.
But sources in SP said it was a conscious decision to stay away from the Congress show in Bhopal and Jaipur. “We gave Congress unconditional support in MP to help it form government despite the fact that they did not have a formal pre-poll alliance or a seat-sharing formula,” said a neta confirming that the leadership was not pleased the manner in which Congress treated the SP in MP, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh in the run-up to the elections.
Opposition party heads to Jaipur, Bhopal and Raipur for the swearing-in ceremonies of their CMs with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi leading the group, apparently to give an impression that all regional parties are “already” rallying behind it. Coming a day after DMK chief MK Stalin backed Rahul as PM candidate, the move could have reinforced a message not in line with party’s declared stance, he said. “We’ve already announced we will choose our leader after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are announced,” he said.
Mayawati’s disenchantment with Congress was also being seen as the reason SP has stayed away. “SP is looking at an alliance with Mayawati ahead of 2019 polls and will understandably do everything to keep BSP in good humour,” said a political analyst.
On the other hand, BSP’s success lies in firming up Dalit-Muslim votes that drove its success since Kanshi Ram established the party to wean away Dalits and Muslims from the Congress of the 1990s. Mayawati knows if Congress revives in UP, it will be on the strength of BSP’s Dalit and Muslim vote banks This could return BSP to the early 1990s when it was just 13 MLAs and struggled on the state’s political landscape, analysts say.
Though Trinamool’s Mamata Banerjee was not able to get her absence in Bhopal, party sources said the Bengal CM was unable to make trip due to personal reasons. The date, December 17, coincided with the CM’s mother’s seventh death anniversary. Banerjee spent Monday at the state secretariat TMC was represented by party’s Rajya Sabha MP Nadimul Haque at Jaipur and MP Dinesh Trivedi in Bhopal.