New Delhi: Swami Prasad Maurya, former leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and minister in Yogi-Adityanath’s Uttar Pradesh cabinet, swapped sides ahead of the state assembly elections 2022 leading to a mass exodus of 7 BJP leaders, popular among the backward class from the saffron camp. These exits are being seen as a crucial development in Uttar Pradesh politics and an attempt to create a so-called Akhilesh Yadav wave ahead of the elections.
Zee NewsEditor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary on Thursday weighed in on these mass exits from the BJP and discussed the actual reasons behind the resignations, its impact on the coming assembly elections and most importantly the effect on the voters of Uttar Pradesh.
Calling it a consequence of social engineering and comparing the ministers with migratory birds, Chaudhary noted that most of the leaders who left the BJP were not to get tickets this term and thus, switched sides in the hope to be able to contest elections from the other party.
Another reason behind this movement was the infamous M+Y factor, which translates to Muslim+ Yadav vote bank. This trend has been prevalent in Uttar Pradesh politics for a long time now and this time as well a significant portion of the 18% Muslim and 10% Yadav vote bank was to fight with the Samajwadi Party.
Thus, staying in BJP would have resulted in a massive defeat for leaders of influential backward leaders like Swami Prasad Maurya and Dharam Singh Saini among others. Hence, the change of sides.
Now, as far as the impact of these mass quitting on BJP is concerned, this can be comprehended by analysing last term’s UP elections.
In 2017, most leaders of the M and Y class were associated with the BJP that benefitted the party, hugely. However, this time due to a massive split in caste vote bank, BJP might have to suffer if the votes are cast on the basis of caste/class
Another difficultly for the saffron party is its loss of allies. The party is now left with only two allies- Nishad Party and the other is Apna Dal (S) whereas Akhilesh Yadav has formed an alliance with 6 small parties, yet another factor working in Samajwadi Party’s favour.
The overall equation is being made that if elections are held on the basis of caste, then Akhilesh Yadav’S party will be benefitted but if polling happens in the name of religion and Modi, then BJP will surely get some browny points.
Now, the foremost question that every voter must ask is, how will the current developments impact me as a voter? Will these exits and re-joining benefit me? The answer to this pertinent question is a simple NO.
One must understand that the leaders who are solely building their premises on the basis of their caste to win a seat will never do any good either for the people of their caste or the state in general.
And probably, these leaders might be seen changing sides once again in the next election citing neglect towards the backward classes, which they actually did nothing for.