How the loss of Swami Prasad Maurya, Dara Singh Chauhan may impact BJP in UP polls

13 January 2022 03:21 PM
English
  • How the loss of Swami Prasad Maurya, Dara Singh Chauhan may impact BJP in UP polls

The resignations of Swami Prasad Maurya and Dara Singh Chauhan could turn the caste equation against the BJP and work for Akhilesh Yadav.

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav is attempting to engineer a fresh social electoral formula to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. The resignations of Swami Prasad Maurya and Dara Singh Chauhan are being seen as a result of the same social engineering bid.

The BJP had cobbled up a winning formula in 2017 by focusing on non-Yadav Other Backward Classes (OBC) voters in Uttar Pradesh. Now, with the resignations of Swami Prasad Maurya and Dara Singh Chauhan, this caste equation could turn against the BJP and work for Akhilesh Yadav.

Akhilesh Yadav is making every attempt to win over non-Yadav OBC leaders of the BJP before the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections begin next month. The switchover by Lalji Verma and Ramachal Rajbhar before Maurya and Chauhan appears to be part of the same strategy.

Swami Prasad Maurya was considered the second biggest non-Yadav OBC face of the BJP after Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Though Swami Prasad Maurya’s official status is unclear, signs are clear that he will join the Samajwadi Party and campaign against the BJP in the election.

He has been in UP politics for three decades and built an image of pro-backward classes leader. He has been vocal about Buddhism, BR Ambedkar and Dalit leader Kanshi Ram. Many believed that his choice of joining the BJP in 2016 was more due to political opportunism than ideology.

Swami Prasad Maurya’s switch from the BJP to the Samajwadi Party is likely to bolster Akhilesh Yadav’s claim in the assembly election. His community, Mauryas, is the third biggest vote bank after Yadavs and Kurmis in the OBC bloc in Uttar Pradesh.

Additionally, Swami Prasad Maurya never positioned himself as a leader of all communities. He projected himself as the leader of Dalits and the backward classes. This positioning may help Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party in the upcoming election.

Besides Maurya, others leaders that the Samajwadi Party is said to be eyeing include Brajesh Prajapati (Prajapati-OBC), Bhagwati Sagar (Kureel-Dalit), Roshan Lal Verma (Lodh-OBC) and Vinay Shakya (Maurya-OBC).

On the other hand, Dara Singh Chauhan comes from the Nonia (OBC) community, which became a massive vote bank of the BJP after the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Like Swami Prasad Maurya, Dara Singh Chauhan too joined the BJP from the Bahujan Samaj Party ahead of the 2017 UP polls.

While in the BSP, Chauhan built a reputation of a leader of the backward classes winning a Rajya Sabha membership in 1996. Later, he joined the Samajwadi Party and contested the Lok Sabha election in 2004. He joined back the BSP after a loss in the election. He won the Ghosi Lok Sabha seat for the BSP in 2009 but lost in 2014 when the Modi wave swept the polls.

In the BJP, Chauhan headed the backward classes morcha of the party, which fielded him in the 2017 UP Assembly polls, and was made a minister in the Yogi Adityanath government. Akhilesh Yadav eyes to make inroads in the Nonia community vote bank of the BJP with the help of Dara Singh Chauhan in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.


Related News

Loading...
Advertisement
Advertisement