Lucknow: Sitting at the helm of affairs in Uttar Pradesh since 2007, UP Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) czarina Mayawati assumes state assembly elections 2012 as a rehearsal to grab general election 2014. However, her stern actions to refurbish image of her party, which has been tarnished by series of scams, have backfired.

Maya’s Operation Clean: Charged with graft cases like NRHM scandal, swindling of funds allocated under NREGA and double CMO murder , BSP supremo’s constant move to expel ministers has raised the concerns of among the party stalwarts. By sacking 19 ministers and taking stringent actions during ticket distribution have given the Opposition an opportunity to take potshots at her before assembly elections. More so, reshuffling of the state Cabinet has demoralized senior party workers.

The government’s delay in taking action against corrupt ministers over embezzlement of funds and disproportionate assets might take a toll in 2012 assembly elections.

Misrule Tag: Drawing constant flak over poor administration has dented the image of the party. The tarnished images of the BSP ministers have dented the image of the party.

The formula of social engineering to bring Dalits, Brahmins and Muslims under one roof seems to have lost its effect. With Congress scion firings salvos at Mayawati for poor condition of Dalits in the state, the questions raised by the Opposition have given tough time to Maya.

JPN/Bureau