Announcing the names of chiefs of different frontal outfits, the UP state BJP has appointed political greenhorn Swati Singh as the chief of its Mahila Morcha. For the uninitiated in UP politics, the new incumbent happens to be the wife of expelled party leader Dayashanker Singh, who was arrested and sent to jail for making derogatory remarks against BSP chief Mayawati in July.
State BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan said Mohanlalganj MP Kaushal Kishore will be the president of Scheduled Caste Morcha, BJP MP Chote Lal Kharvar will be the chief of Scheduled Tribe Morcha and Haider Abbas of Varanasi would be the president of Minority Morcha.
The nomination of Swati Singh of Ballia to the post of Mahila Morcha president is a big elevation of a woman, who entered politics barely three months ago after her husband was arrested.
Swati Singh had vociferously countered the BSP leaders who, during their protest against Dayashanker, made objectionable remarks about her minor daughter and other female members of her family. Swati single-handedly led the campaign against BSP leaders like Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Naseemuddin Siddiqui and state BSP chief Ram Achal Rajbhar for making objectionable remarks against her minor daughter and mother-in-law.
Swati Singh’s campaign forced Mayawati to tone down her offensive against the BJP. A section of BJP leaders had also campaigned that Swati be given a party ticket for the 2017 Assembly polls from a seat in Ballia.
Meanwhile, state BJP announced the much-awaited Parivartan Yatras from four corners of the state, starting November 5. BJP national president Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Ministers Kalraj Mishra and Uma Bharati would flag off these four yatras from different places on November 5.
State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said that the Yatras would start from Saharanpur, Lalitpur, Ballia, and Sonebhadra, respectively, and would focus on the prevailing corruption, goonda raj and failures of the Samajwadi Party government.
The yatras would continue for 55 days and cover all 403 Assembly seats by covering almost two Assembly segments in a day. Senior party leaders, MPs, and legislators would join the Parivartan Yatras at different places.
The state BJP also announced that 2016-17 would be celebrated as ‘Garib Kalyan Varsh’ ( poor welfare year) to highlight the anti-poor attitude of the SP regime.