Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh), Oct 16: The “disaster” Samajwadi Party faced in the UP assembly elections in 2017 was largely due to its alliance with Congress than the so called electoral efficacy of Amit Shah or the perceived popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, key JCC strategist Amit Jogi has said here.
“The disaster Akhilesh Yadavji faced in Uttar Pradesh was due to the Congress. When there is an alliance, the transfer of votes has to be from both sides and complete. With the Congress party, there is a problem, they take votes from others but do not help the alliance partners,” Amit Jogi told UNI in an interview here.
“Whenever Congress has entered into an alliance, the Congress has benefited but it could not help its partners,” said Mr Jogi, who along with his father and Chhattisgarh’s first Chief Minister Ajit Jogi parted ways from Congress in 2016 and had floated the nascent regional party Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC).
Trying to strengthen his argument on the same, Mr Jogi said he would not go far and cited the instance of Chhattisgarh only. “I will cite the instance of 2008. The Congress had an alliance with NCP in this state and spared three seats for NCP. And see the interesting part, NCP candidates lost deposits in all the three seats”.
“What does it mean,” he wondered and offered to answer the query himself saying: “This proves the Congress is very good at taking votes (from other parties) but when it comes to giving the votes, they don’t transfer”.
In this context, he further said: “Not only the Congress party will not transfer the votes, what happens is that the same votes actually go to the BJP”.
Mr Jogi, incumbent legislator in the state assembly, said this is why Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav “faced the disaster”.
Explaining further, Junior Jogi – as he is known in the Bilaspur region – said: “Akhilesh Yadav thought Congress will consolidate the anti-BJP votes, but what happened that the seats Samajwadi Party contested, the Congress votes simply went straight to the BJP”.
On this backdrop, he said it is true Congress historically has been a strong force, but when it comes to alliance politics – the grand old party cannot be a good partner.
“If there has to be an alliance, it has to be quid pro quo or equivalent exchange. If I give you something, then I must get back something from you. And in Chhattisgarh, our votes are transferable. Even BSP chief Mayawatiji’s votes are transferable,” he said.
Answering questions whether BSP votes would really come to the JCC as Mayawati’s supporters are often influenced by the party’s blue flag and the Elephant symbol, Mr Jogi said: “The JCC and BSP alliance is in effect an alliance of Tribals, Dalits and MBCs – Most Backward Castes in the state”.
Therefore, he said, votes from politically important smaller segments like fishermen, Dhobi (washermen community) and vegetable growers Marar community will also come to the alliance.
He said the JCC-BSP and the communists alliance will be like a “gravitational force” in this year’s assembly elections.
“People are saying some of the JCC workers and leaders have left. I am not denying. But let the Congress and the BJP declare their candidates....The kind of earthquake expected in these two national parties will be huge. Our alliance will be the gravitational force in the state,” Mr Jogi added.