March 21, 2023

How BSP’s rivals are missing Mayawati | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: At a time when all major political parties in Uttar Pradesh (UP) are witnessing carpet-bombing of their leaders for the upcoming state assembly election, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati is yet to blow the bugle. Not just the political observers but also her rivals are confounded by the four-time former chief minister lying low just a few weeks ahead of the state polls.
Addressing a public rally in Moradabad on Thursday, Union home minister Amit Shah took a dig at Mayawati, who is popularly addressed as “Behenji”. He was recounting the developmental activities of the BJP government under UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. He contrasted them with those of the previous governments led by Samajwadi Party (SP) and BSP.
Shah said: “SP and BSP cannot undertake development. Behenji ki to abhi thandh hee nahi udee. Ye bhaybheet hai. Behenji chunaav aa gaye hain, thoda baahar nikaliye. Baad mein ye na kehna maine prachaar nahin kiya tha. (Behenji has not been able to shed the cold. She is afraid. Behenji, elections have come, please come out a little. Do not say later that you did not campaign.)”
Congress general secretary in-charge of UP Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has also expressed surprise over Mayawati’s absence.
Talking to mediapersons at the All India Congress Committee headquarters in New Delhi December 23, she said the Congress among all the opposition parties has been at the forefront of raising people’s issues for the last couple of years.
She said, “If you look at the last two years, among all the opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh, no one except the Congress has launched any agitation, come on the streets or raised the people’s issues. The reason behind it is beyond my comprehension. I cannot understand why Mayawati is so silent.”
Priyanka also attacked SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and said, “I do not know why Akhilesh has woken up just two months ahead of the assembly election. So many crimes took place earlier and wrongdoings happened but he never came out or said anything. Only we are fighting for the past two years.”
Meanwhile, the BJP was the first one to sound the bugle for the UP assembly election likely to be held in February-March. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath have been inaugurating and laying down foundation stones for several developmental and infrastructure projects in the state for several months now.
Besides the two, several central leaders and Union ministers – such as Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda and education minister Dharmendra Pradhan – are spending considerable time in the state, strategising and holding public rallies.
The BJP is busy showcasing its developmental works, flaunting its Hindu ideology and the progress made on the law and order front.
Akhilesh Yadav launched his ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ from Ghazipur on November 17. Since then, he has been busy visiting different assembly constituencies and holding public rallies.
The SP chief is taking on the BJP and taking credit for all the developmental works being claimed by the ruling party as its own. For instance, he said the BJP government is copying his government’s works between 2012 and 2017 on the expressways and landing airplanes on the roads.
The Congress, which has been a distant fourth in all the assembly and Lok Sabha elections held in the 21st century so far, also seems to have pressed the panic button. Party general secretary in-charge of the state Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too has been consistently active of late in the state politics.
She visited the victims of different violent incidents such as in Lakhimpur Kheri where four farmers and a journalist were crushed under an SUV allegedly belonging to Union minister of state for home Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra on October 3 and a Dalit family whose several members were allegedly murdered in Prayagraj.
Even presidents of smaller parties such as OP Rajbhar of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) and Jayant Chaudhary of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), who have joined hands with Akhilesh Yadav, are busy holding rallies in their respective areas of influence.
But only Mayawati’s visibility on the ground is poor, which has surprised not just the political observers but also BSP’s rival political parties.

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