With the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections around the corner, it seems Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress are gearing up for an alliance.
BSP preferred the Congress because the most important factor is the Muslim vote. The BSP needs Muslim voters to defeat the Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party government of UP and regain power in the state where the party did not win a single seat in the Lok Sabha polls despite being the main opposition party.
The BSP had announced that its two MLAs Sarwat Karim Ansari and Haridas would support Congress in the floor test of Uttarakhand early on Tuesday morning.
The Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) support for the Congress in the floor test of the Uttarakhand Assembly was a well-calculated decision of party chief Mayawati, aimed to get political advantage in the 2017 UP assembly elections next year in which party will require the support of the Muslim voters.
The BSP supported the Congress Rajya Sabha candidate Vivek Tankha in Madhya Pradesh. It also came at Congress’s rescue during the floor test in Uttarakhand.
The BJP which has 41 MLAs require an additional 27 votes to win their gamble of backing independent candidate Preeti Mahapatra, whose candidature has surprised many in the state.
Independent candidate Preeti Mahapatra, a social worker, filed her papers at the last moment as the 12th candidate for the 11 seats going to polls next week, thereby forcing voting.
Congress has accused Preeti of being a BJP candidate who could encourage horse-trading that might queer the pitch of Sibal who needs five extra votes for victory. Congress has 29 MLAs and each candidate needs 34 votes for Rajya Sabha win. This is where the role of BSP’s surplus votes will matter.
Congress has supported Sibal after assurance of support from other secular parties in Uttar Pradesh.
Her support may not be a surprise but have hinted the foundation for unity in certain terms. This can now be costly for some in the time to come.
On a separate note, time to get rid of RS which is a selected body running rough shod over an elected body i.e. the LS. The bi-cameral legislature has lost its value in the modern day and would continue to do so as people become more educated.
We need only a by the people and for the people legislature instead another disruptive “by the legislature” body atop. in 21st century, there has to be reduction in the levels of engagement between the governed and the government.