“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when we first practice to deceive”
Sir Walter Scott.
It is more or less in such a quagmire UP elections will have to awaken to.
In the context of a BJP revival, it would appear a bit preposterous to assume that they would turn out to be outright winners or in the least a slender first. A second seems a distant mile while a third seems a remote possibility with the advent of recent events accidentally falling in favor of them.
The induction, rather, re-induction of Uma Bharati into BJP and assigning her correctly so to UP will favor BJP considerably. She belongs to the OBC, a face BJP missed in UP for a long time. She belongs to that poor segment of the society where she can infiltrate influence and infatuate with her spectacular oratory qualities. That class need some vacuum convincing to tailor their thoughts towards BJP rather than let them drift towards BSP and Uma Bharati is just the right wand to do so.
On the other hand, Mayawati makes no secret of her hunger for power and wealth. No doubt she has managed to stay in power with average governance. But she hides no qualms in accepting or demanding money for her birthday celebrations. She insists on hefty contributions during elections by selling tickets to the highest bidder. There has been allegations of her taking a cut from the various developmental projects and schemes introduced in the State. There hangs a charge sheet against her in the ill-gotten assets case worth Rs. 30 Crore. The Taj Corridor Scam is still hanging over he head. The Ganga Express Highway Project has already raised a lost of dust. It is said that she has amassed wealth against a following of whom 70% are below poverty line. Her Dalit voters do not look into the credentials of party candidates. They simply follow the dictates of Mayawati and vote for the candidates selected by her. To that extent they have been very disciplined in spite of repeated exposures made by Congress and BJP.
Whilst, at this point in time it is difficult to unseat Mayawat, it would be worthy an achievement for BJP to unseat Congress and relegate them to a distant third if not fourth. The Ramalila episode carries a lot of sentiments to that effect and so does Baba Ramdev’s word. One compelling directive from him could see tantamount votes falling into BJP’s lap. Now that parochial politics is openly played on polarized turf, I don’t see why RSS should, or for that matter BJP, hold back their love for each other and openly declare war on the pseudo-secular divisive Congress. No better opportunity could come BJP’s way to harness their vote bank and promote themselves to a position of bargain in UP.