It is just eight months away. And Uttar Pradesh is already in election mode. But two major parties are struggling with internal feud and dissension. While the ruling Samajwadi Party is besieged by the fratricidal ego clashes with in Yadav family, more and more leaders are leaving the BSP accusing Mayawati of corruption and nepotism putting the Dalit party in an unenviable situation.
Dissension with in the Samajwadi Party came into the fore recently when the merger with gangster turned politician Mukthar Ansari’s Quami Ekta Dal was aborted after chief minister Akhilesh Yadav revolted against the move.
For a very long time the affairs of SP has been dominated by the efforts of Shivpal Yadav, Ramgopal Yadav, in pushing their agenda with in the party and government. And Akhilesh Yadav was playing his cards close to his chest. But the latest episode has brought to the fore the friction among the Yadav clan to the open when Shivpal Yadav tried to bring in Quami Ekta Dal into SP. An angry Akhilesh retaliated by sacking minister Balram Yadav, and then aborting the proposed merger in the parliamentary board meeting.
Now the crisis with in the party has reached to a point where the state government could not appoint a chief secretary. This is because the powerful lobbies are pushing their own men to the top post.
Akhilesh Yadav who is trying to project the developmental works his government undertook in the last five years as his main election issue, the internal fissures are creating him lot of headaches. The party supremo Mulayam Singh on the other hand is trying to strike a balance with different power centres, at the same time not annoying his son.
While the problem with in the SP is because of different power centres, BSP’s problem seems to be other way round. Here the party veterans accuse supremo Mayawati of dictatorship. Two prominent leaders of the party had already left BSP. This observers say has the potential to upset the carefully maintained social balancing within the party. Swamy Prasad Maurya, who is the OBC face of the party left BSP accusing Mayawati of corruption. There are chances that Maurya may join BJP before the next assembly election
Last day RK Chowdhry left the party accusing Mayawati of making the BSP her personal fiefdom. He was close associate of Kanshi Ram and is prominent Dalit leader.
While RK Chowdhry has not revealed his future political plan, one party which is keenly watching the developments is the BJP. The saffron party has started multiple methods to attract different social groups in the caste ridden state. And the BJP is carefully trying to take political mileage from the communal polarisation that is developing in western UP.
The dissension in the BSP and BJP’s approach towards those who have come out of the party has completely ruled out the possibility of a BJP- BSP electoral understanding in the state.
BJP has already said that the main fight in the coming election would be between SP and them.
The internal turmoil with in the SP and main opposition party BSP, is now bringing cheers to the saffron party