Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi (file photo)
The troubles of the two largest opposition parties of the state, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, have increased due to the hyperactive politics of Congress party’s national general secretary Priyanka Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh. For almost the last ten days, Priyanka is trying to present a new challenge to the Bharatiya Janata Party every day by setting foot in Uttar Pradesh. Very interesting sight, Priyanka is shooting arrows at BJP and Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati are getting injured.
It would be nothing short of a miracle if the Congress Party jumped from the seven seats it won in the outgoing assembly to touch the 203-seat mark, which is the minimum requirement to form a government in the state. But due to Priyanka’s activism, there is a possibility of denting the votes of Samajwadi Party and BSP, which can indirectly benefit the BJP. It is a matter of fact that more damage can be done to the Samajwadi Party than Priyanka Gandhi’s aggressive politics. Samajwadi Party’s state unit president Naresh Uttam Patel has understood well, but the party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav seems oblivious to this. Yesterday came a statement of Naresh Uttam Patel in which he said that BJP and Congress are two sides of the same coin.
The way forward for Congress is by stopping the Samajwadi Party.
It is certain that the BJP’s victory in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections for the second time in a row depends to a large extent on the ability to put brakes on the progressing cycle of the Samajwadi Party. On the other hand, stopping the Samajwadi Party will also pave the way for the Congress party to move forward. Last Sunday, when eight people, including four agitating farmers, died in an incident in Lakhimpur Kheri, Akhilesh Yadav also tried to reach the spot. United Kisan Morcha leader Rakesh Tikait, who had agreed to negotiate with the government on the Lakhimpur Kheri accident, had put the first condition before the government that no opposition leader should be allowed to reach there. Which the government gladly accepted.
Priyanka Gandhi ready for a long fight
When Akhilesh Yadav was stopped, he went back and he started his predetermined program. But Priyanka Gandhi managed to dodge the police and reach Sitapur, adjacent to Lakhimpur Kheri, where she was stopped and later arrested. Using her mobile phone, Priyanka Gandhi made a video in which she was sweeping the room where she was held hostage. He uploaded this video on social media, which was seen by the whole country. It may not be that Priyanka Gandhi was held hostage in a dirty dusty room, but she had to send a message that she was ready for a long fight. But Akhilesh Yadav backed down. Perhaps he had avoided going to jail. Priyanka Gandhi killed her and from that day till now she has been in the headlines.
An agreement was reached between the government and Tikait. Later Priyanka Gandhi was freed and she got permission to go to Lakhimpur Kheri along with elder brother Rahul Gandhi. What did Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath make a comment on the video of her sweeping that Priyanka linked it with the respect of the Dalit society and reached a Dalit temple in Lucknow and also broomed there. Then on Sunday he had a public meeting in Banaras in which a good number of people came. It is a different matter that the election may be held in Uttar Pradesh, but like Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi’s target was Prime Minister Narendra Modi and not Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Priyanka is a better speaker than her mother and brother
Rahul Gandhi is making this mistake again and again in the state elections and now Priyanka is also walking in the same direction. However, Priyanka is a better speaker than her mother and brother and her speech was liked by the public. Priyanka also showed that she has the ability to take decisions without wasting time. Till now she was demanding the arrest of Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, who is accused of crushing the farmers with his vehicle. On Sunday, Ashish Mishra surrendered and the police arrested him after interrogation. But Priyanka had to keep the Lakhimpur Kheri incident hot, so on Monday she sat on a dharna in front of the Raj Niwas in Lucknow. Now they demand that Ajay Mishra should be sacked from the Union Cabinet. To make the dharna interesting, Priyanka Gandhi observed a fast of silence.
opposition vote will be divided
It is also true that the BJP can benefit from the actions of Priyanka Gandhi because the vote of the opposition will be divided. But the work that Priyanka Gandhi is doing now, the Congress should have done it long ago. His mother Sonia Gandhi was always haunted by the fear of BJP. To keep BJP away from power, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha kept compromising with regional parties. In the big states, the Congress party became weak and the regional parties got stronger. If Sonia Gandhi had also shown courage like Priyanka Gandhi and without worrying about who would benefit and whose loss if she tried to build the Congress party on her own, then today the pathetic condition of the Congress party. The situation is it might not have happened.
Congress had won only one seat in the 2019 general elections.
If Priyanka Gandhi, like Sonia Gandhi, kept hiding under the guise of regional parties because of the fear of BJP, then reviving the Congress party would have remained a dream. Priyanka Gandhi’s effort at the moment is that the traditional vote bank of the Congress party, which had slipped into the account of Samajwadi Party and BSP, can be linked back with the Congress party. Even if the opposition votes are divided in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP is successful in forming the government again, but if the Congress is successful in becoming the largest opposition party in Uttar Pradesh, leaving behind the Samajwadi Party and BSP, then the party will get its benefits in future. Maybe in the general election itself in 2024. The Congress party, which had won only one seat in the 2019 general elections out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, can improve its position.
Priyanka Gandhi has created panic in the politics of Uttar Pradesh, it will be interesting to see how she manages to maintain this tempo for the next four-and-a-half months, when elections will be held in the state. It is certain that if the Congress party is to be revived, then the party will have to focus on Uttar Pradesh first because politically Uttar Pradesh is the most important state of the country. If the Congress party is able to revive, then the credit will be given to Priyanka Gandhi only.
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