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LUCKNOW: The Monday night arrest of UP Congress minority cell chief Shahnawaz Alam from a posh housing society near Hazratganj and subsequent protest of the party workers has triggered a debate in the state capital’s political circle: Is it a deliberate attempt by the ruling party to allow some space to the Congress so that it emerges as a challenger to the Samajwadi Party in the Opposition ranks?
Going by the turn of events — the administration initially let Congress workers to stage a protest at a police station and then ordered the arrest of the party’s minority cell chief, who was detained till then — it doesn’t appear to be a far-fetched imagination.
“Even earlier, the Congress workers were ‘allowed’ to hog the limelight during the anti-CAA protests and recently the bus controversy. Besides, the Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi is often allowed opportunities to emerge as a strong leader in the opposition camp,” says a political analyst.
“It could be a well thought of plan to let the Grand Old Party, which could win just seven seats in 2017 assembly elections, emerge strong enough to challenge the Samajwadi Party for the slot of the main opposition party,” he adds.
The party insiders said that it was a brilliant move by the government to divide the Opposition votes. “If anti-BJP electorate get an option in the state they would not vote en masse for the SP, their votes would be divided,” they add.
The ruling party is not only allowing Congress to occupy some Opposition space, but also adopted a strategy of deliberately ignoring its principal opponent so that it vanishes from the public space. It is not pursuing cases of corruption it has dug out against the previous regime, say observers.
However, such a political strategy, if at all there was one, has its own pitfalls, cautions another section of the ruling party. This section of the BJP feels if the Congress manages to cut into the urban votes, it would definitely go against the saffron party.