After losing three ministers and half a dozen other MLAs to the Samajwadi Party, the BJP is now trying to attack the ‘unity’ of the Yadav family by reminding people of the situation in 2017 when there was a split within the family. was open. ,
Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav Joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday. A day earlier, senior BJP leader and former Uttar Pradesh unit president Laxmikant Bajpai said that the SP patron’s brother Shivpal Yadav is also in touch with the saffron party. Shivpal was ready to dismiss such claims.
Then on Wednesday, another close aide of Mulayam and former Samajwadi Party MP Pramod Gupta alleged that the Mainpuri MP was virtually taken hostage by the Yadav family in Lucknow. Gupta may also join BJP soon. Last week, another relative of Mulayam and three-time SP MLA Hari Om Yadav had also joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.
A senior BJP leader in Delhi told News18 that it is reminiscent of the bitter division within the Yadav family nearly five years ago when Mulayam Singh Yadav rejected the SP-Congress alliance and Shivpal rebelled against Akhilesh. Was. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, including Aparna Yadav, said that apart from failing as a politician, Akhilesh has also failed in his family.
While BJP leaders acknowledge that there may be limited electoral dividends in the inclusion of Aparna, who was defeated in the 2017 elections, the light of her admission is favorable to the BJP in projecting a major split in the Yadav family.
Several BJP leaders are now aggressively pushing other old content from 2017 on social media channels as well, where Mulayam Singh Yadav was heard criticizing his son. He said, “The people of the state know that after the one-time SP defeat in Uttar Pradesh on March 10, hell is going to break again within the family and various SP allies will also leave them. We are only trying to remind people of what happened in 2017 – this is where the Yadav family hurts the most,” said the BJP leader quoted above.
SP leaders say that they are well aware of the BJP’s strategy and hence Shivpal Yadav on Wednesday responded quickly to the misleading claims, saying that he stands firmly with Akhilesh Yadav. “The fact is that Aparna Yadav was no big deal for the Samajwadi Party and was hardly politically active for the last five years. But the three ministers and other BJP MLAs who joined us last week are all prominent OBC faces from UP and their exit has caused serious damage to the BJP,” a senior SP leader told News18 over phone from Lucknow.
The BJP also showed strength in Delhi by bringing both its allies on the same platform and said that they will contest 403 assembly seats in UP together in the February-March elections. It is believed that both the Apna Dal and the Nishad Party are demanding double-digit seats, which means the BJP may contest on less than the 384 seats it fought last time in 2017. “But where is the seat-sharing in the SP-RLD. -SBSP Camp? How many seats is Shivpal Yadav getting? They have announced less than 40 tickets so far, while BJP has announced 109 tickets so far.