Lucknow, Mar 5 : Trying to make itself as the party-in-waiting to form a government after the 2022 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party is treading cautiously to posture itself as the most suitable option for minority voters.
SP fondly hopes that as the 2022 polls approach, the political situation in UP would mirror Delhi, where the Congress sacrificed it's electoral interests, to prevent the BJP from coming to power. However, the recent aggressive forays by Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra into the state seem to have thrown a spanner in SP's 'political dreams'.
The SP national executive will be meeting in Lucknow on March 14 and the top agenda would be the 2022 Assembly elections. The quick turn of events in Delhi would also weigh heavily in the overall political strategy of the SP brass. Sources in SP said that even after over three months of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in UP, Delhi and elsewhere, the actual public response, particularly of Muslims was yet to unfold, as the National Population Register (NPR) would commence from April 1.
SP president Akhilesh Yadav has already taken an extreme stand that none from his party would register himself/herself in NPR, which is scheduled to conclude on September 30. Amid the surcharged communal environment, the holy month of Ramzan is also commencing from April 25. But some select voices in the SP, however, cautioned the party chief against formulating the 2022 poll strategy on a 'cake walk' as its core. 'The SP has not condemned the anti-CAA violence across two dozen districts on December 20. The party offered Rs five lakh compensation to the families of those who died in violence. We should be very careful to ensure that the perception about the party as pro-Muslim is not projected,' said a Muslim SP leader.
'Whatever SP leaders might say in public, the ground reality is that it's one of the most significant achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah that no major party is willing to take even the slightest risk of appearing to be pro-Muslim today,' he added. However, a political analyst commented, 'The Delhi polls clearly imply that the Hindu majoritarian had won the political battle decisively. Elections will be won or lost, but both the winners and losers will support the Hindu majoritarianism.
'Arvind Kejriwal supported abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, maintained a studied silence on the CAA and stayed away from the Shaheen Bagh protests and also recited Hanuman Chalisa. 'It will be better for SP to not only memorise Hanuman Chalisa, but go a step further and start reciting Sundar Kand of Ramayana,' he added. (UNI)