Lucknow: As Uttar Pradesh is all set to contest assembly elections next year, all the state parties are preparing to claim one of the most important seat in country’s politics. In a bid to woo its Brahmin voters, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, has been organising ‘Brahmin Sammelans’ (conference) in six districts, which she claims to be rendering such a great response that her rival outfits are daunted by it and are devising ploys to derail them.
Mayawati’s statement came a day after Rashtriya Lok Dal announced it would be holding ‘bhaichara’ programmes in west UP to unite forward and backward classes, while Samajwadi Party is too attempting to reach out to Brahmins through sammelans it has announced to hold from August.
“The Prabudh Sangosthi, also known as Brahmin Sammelan, which BSP’s Rajya Sabha MP Satish Chandra Mishra has been holding on my directions, has seen an enthusiastic response. This is proof that the community still has faith in BSP and I thank them for this,” said the Dalit leader who rode to a massive victory in the 2007 UP Assembly elections on the back of her social engineering by bringing Brahmins and Dalits together on the same platform.
Amid reports that the Brahmin community is upset over being sidelined by the Yogi Adityanath, Opposition parties are eager to capitalise on their disgruntlement ahead of the 2022 elections. Last year, Mayawati had announced that if voted to power in Uttar Pradesh, the party will build a grand statue of Lord Parshuram. A similar announcement was made by the Samajwadi Party a day earlier.
Over the past several months, opposition parties in UP, including BSP, SP, AAP etc., have been lashing out against the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state, accusing it of favouring a particular caste over others, especially Brahmins.
Be it the police encounter of gangster Vikas Dubey in early July, in which Mayawati had accused the Yogi Adityanath government of harassing Brahmins in the state. Or 2018’s murder case of Apple executive Vivek Tiwari, who was allegedly killed by two policemen in Lucknow. Over this case Mayawati had said that atrocities against Brahmins have increased under the BJP rule.
Such statements are reminiscent of the BSP chief’s famed social engineering formula that propelled her party to power in UP with an absolute majority in 2007.
In 2007, when BSP bagged 206 seats – the party’s performance till date — as many as 20 of 51 Brahmin candidates that it fielded had won. Ahead of that election, the party had held organisational meetings focused on Brahmins, who along with the Dalits and Muslims, helped the BSP come to power.
In 2012, when Mayawati lost to the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Akhilesh Yadav became CM, only seven of BSP’s 51 Brahmin candidates were elected. In 2017, BSP gave tickets to 52 Brahmins and only four of them could win.