Though the SP-BSP alliance threatening the supremacy of the BJP in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, as the state is strategically prominent for BJP to regain power at the center, BJP chief Amit Shah is getting bigger strength from an `unofficial allay’. Shivpal Singh Yadav, brother of SP supremo Mulayam Singh, who formed a separate party, the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia), after splitting with the Samajwadi Party, is turning to be a critical play card for the BJP in the state.
By fielding large number of candidates in the state, particularly where Yadavas are in predominant position, Shivpal Yadav is leaving no effort to damage the prospects of SP-BSP candidates. Shivpal is fielding candidates against all family members of Mulayam, except in Mainpuri from where Mulayam is contesting.
Even Shivpal Yadav visited the house of Mulayam, on the day he was filing his nomination papers, to give an impression to Yadavas that the SP supremo is neutral in the fight between his son (Akhilesh) and brother (Shivpal).
Last month, Sanjay Nishad of the Nishad Party quit the SP-BSP alliance, two days after officially joining with them, on the grounds that he was denied a ticket from Maharajganj constituency. However, political circles are indicating that it was Shivpal who motivated them to join hands with BJP.
Even, joining of actress Jaya Prada with BJP and contesting from her former constituency Rampur, against SP strongmen Azam Singh was also said to be tactic of Shivpal Yadav. Shivpal’s close association with Amar Singh helped in motivating her to join BJP.