Lucknow: The recent elections in Uttar Pradesh has taught one lesson to the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party that Muslim appeasement policy which the two have been pursuing since the early nineteens in the state is not enough to sail through. For, the Bharatiya Janata Party which has been crying hoarse against it and had not allotted any ticket to the community has bagged a record number of seats in the assembly polls.
It had helped the two parties in the past and, therefore, adopted the same policy in this year's elections. Of the two, the BSP went whole hog in favour of the Muslims, sidestepping even Dalits who were her traditional supporters, and allotted 100 seats to them.
It backfired and worked to the advantage of the BJP for three main reasons. It gave the party a propaganda material to unite the Hindus. Second, Muslim youths and women did not think about the BJP the same way.
Third, the fear created by them that if the BJP comes to power there will be a series of riots in the state was unfounded. In the two and a half years of rule by the party at the Centre no where the Muslims faced any major problem.
The BJP government's support to the triple talaq issue removed whatever doubt they had about the party as far as the majority of Muslims were concerned. The writing was there on the wall but these two major political players could not read it.
To their misfortune, they also missed the Modi undercurrent in most parts of the state excepting the Muslim dominated areas. There was no discernible wave but there was certainly an undercurrent which they failed to see.
These parties as well as most of the political pundits also misread the mood of the people with regard to the note-ban. The poor thought it was aimed not at any one else but the rich and the powerful. But these party leaders thought otherwise. They were of the view that voters, by and large, are against the decision.
In almost all meetings new SP president Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati raised this issue and condemned Prime Minister Narendra Modi for it. They also tried to make much of the death of people in bank queues.
Instead of bring the people closer to these parties it moved them away. Questioning the use of Electronic Voting Machine or EVM in the elections these parties have questioned the intelligence of voters and rubbed salt to the injury. Unwitting, by these actions, they have only helped the BJP which has now eyes set on 2019 and nothing else.