BSP and BJP may gain from the Samajwadi Party power struggle
Lucknow: The decisions taken by the national convention of the Samajwadi Party which include removal of the founder Mulayam Singh Yadav from the presidentship, besides causing heart-burn to him, may cause more harm than good to the party. For, the Bahujan Samaj Party, its main rival, may get better support from the minority community being unsure of the victory of the Samajwadi Party in view of the division.
The likely freezing of cycle symbol of the party may affect it too. For, it will not be easy for either camp to educate voters and explain the reasons behind the new symbol. More energy and time will be required to do the job which will not be available as the election is likely to be held during next two months
Clearly, Akhilesh- Ram Gopal duo has taken a big risk. There was need for the duo to cancel the convention called on Sunday when the patriarch had conceded its demands and virtually accepted defeat by withdrawing the expulsion orders. Unity or the semblance of it could have done much better for the party which is facing a greater challenge , in addition to the BSP,from the saffron brigade due to Modi-nomics and anti- triple talaq views.
Election is round the corner and it was another reason for the combine to wait. There was no need for the hurry also because Shivpal Singh Yadav, their political rival , had already suffered defeat by presence of over 200 out of the total 229 members of the assembly in show of strength on Saturday. Party Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh and some other "enemies" had lost the shine too.
The development has an element of surprise for another reason. Only a day earlier, on Saturday, Akhilesh had cried and promised to remain loyal to his father and see that no damage was done to him. Within 24 hours he changed his stance and became ready to dethrone him. What prompted him is yet unknown but one of the guesses is that it was because of Mulayam's unwillingness to take action against Amar Singh and Shivpal Singh Yadav. Even in such a case his action is uncalled for because with majority support to Akhilesh in the party they would not have mattered much.
Whether the convention held on Sunday had the constitutional validity or not is a debatable point. May be this issue has been raised by Mulayam camp to please the Election Commission and to retain the cycle symbol. But since it was called by Ram Gopal who has played a major role in drafting the party constitution , the meeting may not be unconstitutional and the Commission may not buy the rival camp's argument. In any case it does not change the ground reality.The party is virtually split down the middle.
However, if the combine has not covered itself with glory so is the case with Mulayam. Announcement of another meeting and expulsion of Ram Gopal from the party, third time in a row, by Mulayam soon after the decisions taken by the rivals , were equally undesirable.Being a senior most leader he should have talked to the duo and other party leaders and tried to persuade them before making any announcement. This knee-jerk reaction is unbecoming of a matured politician that he is. The meeting was postponed later but not for talks with the rivals but due to health issue.
All in all, the goings-on in the party are neither good for the health of the family patriarch nor the party.