Looks like Daya Shankar-Mayawati case, after Swati Singh, Dayashankar’s wife, who has risen like a phoenix from the ashes to save the honour of her family, and even more importantly, her party become a new fan-favourite or should i say ‘party-favourite’ overnight, is now a BJP guaranteed contestant for Assembly elections in 2017, acc. to the sources.
Source close to the party on the request of anonymity tells News Leak Centre that, UP in-charge Om Mathur and BJP President Amit Shah were impressed by the way Daya Shankar’s wife Swati Singh handled the issue and turned the tide for BJP, which at one point looked like a total disaster for the party in next year assembly elections. Now senior party members believe that taking Swati Singh enfolds for elections will help greatly in party favours. Swati Singh hails from the Ballia constituency and now expected to contest the Assembly elections in 2017, the constituency which was earlier planned for her husband Daya Shankar Singh.
The BJP went on back foot on July 20th after its state vice-president Dayashanker Singh’s press conference comparing Mayawati with a sex worker became viral inviting criticism and condemnation both in and outside the Parliament. Finance minister Arun Jaitley even apologised for the disparaging remarks by Singh and later in the day, the BJP expelled Singh from the party for six years. The BSP gave a call for a dharna in Lucknow the next day
where BSP leaders spitted venom against Singh and his family members. Swati’s back-to-the-wall fight seems to have made a telling impact on the mindset of the silent, apolitical majority which has been overwhelmed by her impassioned plea: “The BSP people have lodged an FIR against my husband for what he had said. But now they are demanding that my daughter and I be produced before them. What crime have we committed? If nasty words can hurt Mayawatiji, why will these not hurt us, particularly my daughter? The 12-year-old daughter has already gone through acute mental trauma as a result of the filthy threats that she has been hearing.”
Tens of thousands of messages were posted on the social media in support of Swati’s cause. This apart, many NGOs, social activists and students cutting across caste lines came out in her support within hours of lodging of the FIR against BSP leader Nasimuddin Siddiqi and others who had addressed the pro-Mayawati rally in Lucknow on Friday.
The BJP couldn’t have asked for more. In New Delhi, party strategists who had absolutely no idea about the way things were developing spontaneously in UP to their advantage. Thanks to Swati’s exploits, BJP panic state cools down itself. But it does raise a question that Is BJP really wanted to punish Daya Shankar Singh for his derogatory remark against BSP Supremo Mayawati? If BJP wins the election and forms a government in Uttar Pradesh, than it’s a no-brainer that party will reward Swati Singh efforts to turn the tide and even give her the posts that were originally meant for her husband. Mayawati-DayaShankar-Swati drama proved one thing for sure –Any type of publicity, whether it’s good or bad will help you if you know how to use it.