With the Yadav Pariwar drama going public, the time seems ripe for the BJP to gain a stronghold in Uttar Pradesh during the upcoming elections. Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP President, UP, on Sunday, said the rift between the Yadavs meant that they were ready for a BJP government. Meanwhile, various party sources told the IE that BSP could take over the Muslim votes, which is 18% of the UP. Former BJP state President, Laxmikant Bajpai told IE that it would be too soon to be talking about loss or gain for the BJP at the moment. Bajpai is currently an MLA from Meerut, a region BJP is depending on.
Meanwhile, Dharampal Singh, MLA from Aonla in Bareilly said that the Muslim voters would be more attracted to Congress than the BSP. He said that it is not a matter of BJP’s loss or gain. “I think they will now vote for the Congress which is looking stronger than the BSP after Rahul Gandhi’s khat sabha,” he added.
BJP General secretary, Swatantra Dev Singh showed his confidence in the SP and said that the Yadavs have always been nationalists and would hence support the BJP as they had, during the Lok Sabha elections. However, a few BJP leaders are hopeful for a split among the Muslim leaders, as they believe that there are many leaders in the SP cadre, who could have their own candidates captivate votes.
However, BSP sources believe that the party would benefit more from a split, resulting in the gain of the Muslim votes. The BSP is known to have finalised 90 Muslim candidates for 2017. Though, they do agree that BJP would get support from the Yadavs. Ram Achal Rajbhar, BSP state President believes that due to the communal riots during the SP rule and BJP strict policies, the Muslim voters would be more attracted to them. Another BSP leader also said that the party is also hoping to rope in the section of Yadavs who are “concerned about law and order and the state’s development.
Speaking about the Yadav family feud, BJP national secretary Arun Singh said that it was a fight for supremacy. Condemning statements against CM Akhilesh Yadav, he said that it was extremely unfortunate that such treatment was given to the Chief Minister of the largest state of the country. He further condemned the parliamentary language used against him in the public.