Because the alliance between Uttar Pradesh rivals Samajwadi Occasion and Bahujan Samaj Occasion (BSP) will get to work for the nationwide election forward, the position of a brand new negotiator has emerged. If Mayawati’s key aide SC Mishra dealt with the negotiations for the BSP, Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Seth was the pointsperson for Akhilesh Yadav.
Sanjay Seth, 57, is a first-time parliamentarian elected to the higher home in 2016. Why Akhilesh Yadav chose him as his consultant may very well be as a result of the businessman is conversant in Behenji (as Mayawati is popularly referred to as) and so, is somebody trusted on either side. Mr Seth, together with Satish Mishra, carried messages between the 2 leaders and have been additionally liable for organising their conferences.
“It’s mistaken to say that I performed a key position. We have been like secretaries, finishing up what was requested of us,” mentioned Mr Seth to NDTV. Nonetheless, his position cannot be underestimated. In spite of everything, alliance talks in Madhya Pradesh failed as a result of Mayawati mentioned she was sad, not with the Congress management, however with the native leaders.
Sources informed NDTV that the choice to maintain the Congress out of the alliance was primarily Mayawati’s. “She may be very upset about what occurred in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan,” mentioned a supply, and this was conveyed to the Samajwadi Occasion management early within the talks.
Nonetheless, Mr Seth mentioned it was a joint determination.
The thought of a tie-up crystallised final yr when the 2 rivals noticed their mixed chemistry working within the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls in Uttar Pradesh. The inspiration for the alliance was sealed quickly after the leads to Kairana, the place the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD)’s Muslim lady candidate was backed by all and ended up profitable the election. Occasion insiders additionally calculated that the Congress’ voters do not normally switch their votes to the SP or the BSP and they also have been higher off with out the get together.
The Congress sees a chance within the snub. “If we’d have gone with them, the way forward for our get together and cadres would have been destroyed. Right here we’ve an opportunity of profitable extra seats,” mentioned a celebration chief.
There was hypothesis that Mr Seth’s entry means the sidelining of the opposite Akhilesh Yadav ambassador in Delhi – his uncle Professor Ramgopal Yadav. This was dismissed by Samajwadi insiders. They level out that Professor Yadav was current in Delhi when the important thing alliance was sealed throughout Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati’s assembly on the primary weekend of the yr.
His presence in Lucknow in the course of the announcement on Saturday was thought of “pointless” because the stage solely had area for the massive two, mentioned sources.