Has Mayawati become paranoid, ask critics in and outside party
Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati is putting up a brave face and denying that the cabinet expansion will affect her electoral prospects, but she has become shaky due to this and some other new developments.
The developments which have unnerved her include the resignation by two senior party members and their activities including the drive to unite those in the party who are opposed to her 'style 'of functioning.
If party insiders are to be believed , she has been keeping a close watch on the movements of all senior and important leaders in the party. Names which are being mentioned in this connection are those of Satish Chandra Mishra and Naseem Uddin Sidiqui.
Whatever she may say, insiders believe that she has engaged some professionals to spy on all of them. She has also asked her close-aides to watch the movements of some others including journalists.
In this light some of her critics are asking if she has become paranoid. Mistrusting almost every one in the party and shadowing them is rather unusual. Any one who indulges in this kind of practice has to be judged in a different light.
The suspicion that the Bhartiya Janata Party is behind the developments in the party has made her more jittery.The party is, of course, trying hard to woo dalits and expand its vote-base. It was partly for this reason that a dalit in Saharanpur district has been appointed a minister. A Republican Party member, another dalit, in Maharashtra, too has been provided berth.
Some damage to the party has been already done by resignation by these senior leaders. More such action by other old colleagues may cause irreparable damage to the party. Conscious of this fact ,she is not leaving anything to chance and taking all precautions needed. She has become more serious on the issue because leaders are not keeping quiet after the resignation. There are coming out with some action plan or the other at regular intervals. To add to her worries, they are also trying to woo the fence -sitters.
Swami Prasad Maurya who resigned from the party first has even held a meeting of his silent supporters in the party. He has planned a bigger show in September which may be a show of his strength.
Further desertion can only add to her woes. To the BJP it suits most. If the party is weakened by her own members the BJP may be in a better position to fight the Samajwadi Party, its main rival in the state.