Anti-incumbency and 'yogi style' may damage BJP in UP


  • 16 MLAs including 3 cabinet ministers left party; yicket distribution formula increased dissatisfaction

Milind Muzumdar, Bhopal
Notification for the first phase of elections has been issued in Uttar Pradesh. Major political parties have also started the distribution of tickets, but the way in which 16 MLAs including three ministers of Yogi government have resigned from BJP is being seen as a surprise in political circles. Political pundits estimate that in Uttar Pradesh, sensing anti-incumbency, clever cunning and opportunity-seeking leaders are leaving the party. Sources also say that due to Yogi Adityanath's arrogance and his lack of communication with the party leaders, the leaders are also leaving the party.
In this context, when a discussion was held with a Sangh functionary who had worked in Uttar Pradesh, he said that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh put pressure on the BJP not to give tickets to those leaders who had changed party in 2017 and got the MLA ticket and won. In 2017, the BJP got 317 seats, out of which 54 MLAs were those who got tickets by changing parties and also ensured victory. Such leaders were apprehensive that their ticket might be cut, so they thought it appropriate to go to other parties. Because the biggest challenge for BJP in Uttar Pradesh is from Samajwadi Party, for this reason most of the leaders are moving from BJP to SP. 
These office bearers of the Sangh believe that Yogi Adityanath's style of work is also a reason for displeasure. Yogi Adityanath has given importance to Rajputs in police and administration. Due to his aggressive style and arrogance, the leaders are not able to approach him easily. Due to this there is a situation of lack of communication. Seeing the growing displeasure due to Yogi Adityanath's working style, the central leadership wanted to remove him 6 months ago, but it could not be done because the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh did not allow it. 
One of the reasons for defection is also that leaders who feel that Muslim and Yadav votes will not be available due to BJP, all such leaders are leaving the party. There are many seats in Uttar Pradesh where Muslim votes are decisive, it is easy to contest elections from Samajwadi Party on all such seats. For this reason also leaders are leaving the party. As far as Swami Prasad Maurya is concerned, he wanted a ticket for his son, for which Yogi Adityanath was not ready, for this reason he thought it appropriate to leave the party. All the ministers and MLAs who have left the BJP had joined the BJP from other parties before 2017. Talking about caste equations, most of the MLAs who left the party belong to the OBC category. There are some Brahmins among them who are angry with the Rajputism of Yogi Adityanath.

These leaders left party
 Swami Prasad Maurya, Dara Singh Chauhan, Dharam Singh Saini (all three have been cabinet ministers) besides these MLAs Madhuri Verma, Jai Choubey, Bhagwati Sagar, Brijesh Prajapati, Radha Krishna Sharma, Rakesh Rathod, Roshan Lal Verma, Radha Krishna Sharma, Rakesh Rathod, Vinay Shakya, Bala Prasad Awasthi, Avatar Singh Bhadana, Mukesh Verma have left the party.