What’s in a name, the bard–poet Shakesapeare had argued! Well, everything’s in a name, when political rivals gear up for Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier this week, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had called his opponent Mayawati “bua”, a term used to address a paternal aunt.
But the BSP chief is not at all happy with the remark. She is ticked off by the comment because she says Mulayam Singh Yadav once “conspired to attack me… so, what moral right does his son (Akhilesh) have to call me bua?”
I believe it’s a little comedy of errors here. The BSP chief can’t be serious that at this peak election time, the CM will be willing to indulge in niceties. Flags have been raised, the beagle has been blown, and the daggers are drawn. Akhilesh’s calling Mayawati “bua” is but a war cry.
It is possible that Mayawati is so naive that she believes the CM is calling her out of affection? Why would she go around telling in the UP assembly that Akhilesh Yadav has no right to call her such? The CM is right in concurring that since everyone calls the BSP chief ‘Behenji’, or “Sister”, he could clearly infer that she would be his “bua”.
The Samajwadi Party is exuding confidence for the upcoming polls. There has been recent in-house ruckus about the party hierarchy, but that has not perturbed the CM from distressing his opponent with cheeky names.
Meanwhile, Mayawati has been ranting a lot against the BJP and the SP in her rallies, but lesser about the Congress. May be she is sensing that if BJP gains foothold in Uttar Pradesh, she will have to make do with a third position. And that is likely to be a big loss for a party chief who has graced the CM seat for four terms.