BSP failed to make use of the chance given by the BJP
Lucknow: In the abuse vs abuse match the Bahujan Samaj Party totally dominated the first half. But in the second, Bhartiya Janata Party, its rival, made some smart moves , tilting the balance in its favour. The match has, thus, ended in a draw, score being 1-1. But if a point has to be given, the latter has scored because the BSP leaders and workers in their enthusiasm to show loyalty to their leaders had gone out of their brief.
The verbal attack on family members of Dayashankar , particularly his wife and daughter, have brought those who had gone against the BJP back to its fold. After all it was he who had called Mayawati names and not his children. They were out of the match. As such, at least they should have been kept out . And as far as he is concerned he has been thrown out of the party for his “ misdeeds” as soon as possible. Senior party leaders lost no time in condemning him too.
Had Mayawati taken some action against the errant party members the scale might have tilted in favour again. By not doing so the people in general have become his family members sympathizers. What is worse, she has made the mistake of defending these party men who have crossed the line of decency by targeting his family members for abuse. His mother has rightly lodged a complaint against her and some of her party leaders.
In a game of chess one wrong move decides the loser. It is so in politics. This wrong political move by her party men has made her lose the advantage the party had got. BJP leaders who had their faces down because of the abusive language used by Dayashankar have got the smile back on their faces.
BJP leaders knew that Dayashankar had undone whatever was done by three senior party leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh and party president Amit Shah. It was fully aware that if the party had to win in Uttar Pradesh it had to make inroads into the Dalit vote-bank.
It was mainly for this reason that Amit had taken meal in a Dalit house and Modi a Maharashtrian Dalit was appointed a minister. This kind of exercises were being made for the last six months. In one stroke, Dayashankar had made all those efforts ineffective. The party had, therefore, reason to worry about by his slur.
Knave BSP leaders have done what the BJP would have taken months to do. The balance at the moment has gone in favour of the BJP. It remains to be seen how Mayawati changes the situation to her advantage. Clever politician that she is Mayawati is unlikely to leave it like this.