Lucknow: As political heat intensifies in Uttar Pradesh with Assembly elections approaching,  UP Chief Minister and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s  move to divide the state into four parts has put many opposition parties in a soup, especially the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress which are constantly leaving no room attacking the ruling dispensation in UP.

In a true gamesmanship, the BSP has given serious jolt to its principal opposition Samajwadi Party. Since the last five years, SP has been trying to maintain a stronghold in the state by presenting itself as the only alternative for BSP. To fulfill its motive, the party has been also making scathing attack on the performance of Mayawati government.

Meanwhile by raising the issue of states re-organisation, Mayawati has made the opposition rethink over its strategies for Assembly elections. At a time when people in Purvanchal ,Bundelkhand and Western Uttar Pradesh are demanding separate state and SP opposing the division of state, the BSP move will affect SP’s political strategy.

Meanwhile, division of UP will impede the Congress strategy to clinch Assembly elections and make a comeback .After 2009, the Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has cordoned UP and is making all out efforts to woo Dalit,Brahmin and Muslim vote bank. The BSP is aware that any dent in the vote bank would weaken party’s position in the state.

BSP supremo move will also have an impact on the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) - Congress alliance. The RLD has always supported the re-constitution of the state. By raising the division issue the BSP has landed the RLD in trouble. If Ajit Singh led RLD sticks to division of the state  alliance chances will undoubtedly be affected.

Moreover ,Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) which has always skirted any division of state will now be forced to make its stand clear on the issue.

JPN/Bureau