New Delhi: Despite drawing severe criticism from various quarters over the issue of inducting former Bahujan Samaj Party minister Babu Singh Kushwaha in the party fold, the Bharatiya Janata Party poll strategists are terming it as beneficial for them in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

BJP’s poll managers are of the view that Kushwaha issue certainly projected a negative image of the BJP to some extent but with this they believe the party came in the poll race as the controversial issue attracted great media attention.

It is worth mentioning that neither LK Advani’s Jan Chetna Yatra nor Rajnath Singh and Kalraj Mishra’s Swabhiman Yatras succeeded in  creating an atmosphere in favour of the party.

According to BJP sources, Kushwaha was not technically inducted into the party, rather only announcement of his joining the party was made. Therefore, it is meaningless to put his party membership on hold.

Notably, there are three conditions of party membership-induction of a person as a party member, expulsion of a party member and suspension of the member. There is no provision to put membership on hold.

The BJP, which is proclaiming to have ideal image, is gearing up to reap the befit of about 4 percent Kushwaha voters during the upcoming elections. The saffron party believes that non-Yadav Other Backward Classes including Lodh, Kurmi and Kushwaha once again will vote for them.

The BJP is dreaming of polarization of Lodh and Kurmi votes in favour of them during the upcoming polls. Significantly former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharati and former Farrukhabad MP Sakshi Mahraj belong to Lodh community while Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Katiyar and senior leader Om Prakash Singh hail from strong Kurmi community.

JPN/Bureau