Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav seems to be landed in big troubles with his party’s poor performance in Lok Sabha polls and big gains registered by BSP supreme Mayawati in alliance with SP. It may be recalled that Akhilesh went in alliance with her ignoring warnings giving by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Two years ago, in 2017 UP Assembly polls also he received humiliating defeat after having alliance with Congress, ignoring his father’s advice. More worry is that SP candidates, including his wife Dimple Yadav were defeated in Yadav-dominated constituencies, which were won in 2014.
Courtesy SP, Mayawati who has got a lifeline with 10 MPs in the Lok Sabha. In 2014 general elections, she had drawn a blank and had performed dismally in the 2017 Assembly polls in the state. Though many political pundits had written off the Dalit czarina, she has crawled back into some kind of relevance riding piggyback on the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh.
It is evident that ultimately the Bua-Babua alliance benefitted Mayawati more than SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. While Yadav votes were seamlessly transferred to the BSP, the same could not be said about the Dalit votes. The SP has won only five seats with two going to the father son duo of Akhilesh and Mulayam Singh Yadav.
It was said to be the socio-political equation in Uttar Pradesh which prevented a seamless transfer of votes to the Yadav from the Dalits. The Dalits have always felt dominated politically and economically by the Yadavs, who are more vocal and are the dominant caste. Thus they would rather vote for the BJP where their own party BSP is not competing.
The Yadavs on the other hand seemed to have voted for the BSP as their social dominance was threatened by the “Thakur Raj” supposedly unleashed by the Yogi Adityaraj government in the state.
To give him credit, the Mulayam Singh Yadav had expressed his displeasure at the alliance before it was formalised, asserting that it would benefit the BSP more than the SP. This was apart from his now famous farewell speech to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha where he wished him a second term as the PM.