The BSP chief will be issuing directives on how to go about in the changed atmosphere arising out of her resignation from the Upper House.
Can Mayawati can script a new ideology and strategy to bring Dalits back from the Hindutva to the Ambedkarite fold, rebuild her social base by uniting Dalits and regain her position as a formidable Dalit leader prior to the 2019 elections?
On Wednesday, Deputy Chairman Kurien said the House wanted Mayawati to withdraw the resignation along with adding that the entire episode was a result of a “misunderstanding” and that he has “utmost respect” for the BSP leader.
“None of us are happy about her resigning… We all have a lot of respect for her and regard her as a senior leader. The House will ask her to reconsider her decision,” deputy chairman P J Kurien said
The BJP’s 2014 poll campaign, built on the vikas theorem and subtly underlaid by Hindutva, sold well. After that, things began changing, fast. The saffron fabric was fully and openly in fashion, with all kinds of Hindutva groups flaunting their newly acquired power in streets and parks.
Mayawati’s dramatic move appeared a well-crafted attempt to reclaim political ground among the Dalit electorate in UP. The BSP has virtually been decimated in the 2014 Lok Sabha and 2017 UP Assembly polls.
Mayawati’s term as MP from Rajya Sabha comes to an end in April 2018. The BSP chief cannot be reappointed to the Upper House on her own as her party suffered humiliating defeat in the recently held Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.
After sending in her resignation to the Vice-President, Mayawait said, “When the ruling party is not allowing me time to present my view on the current issues, then I think it is better for me to resign.”
The House was adjourned after the chaos till noon by Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien. Later, it was adjourned till 2 pm.
Mayawati resignation: The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister apparently became furious after she was asked to conclude her impromptu speech on the anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur.
“The RSS is now openly using government wealth, facilities and power to push its agenda of casteism, communalism and violent politics. In this case, BSP is being specifically targeted,” Mayawati claimed in a statement today.
Mayawati made her observation saying, “As far as control on crime in UP is concerned, this govt. hasn’t been able to achieve much in 100 days.” The BJP government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today marked the completion of first 100 days in power.
Only too aware of the drubbing they faced and the acute necessity for drastic steps to counter the saffron surge, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati have already decided to share a platform at a rally organised by the Lalu Prasad-led RJD in Patna on August 27.
Earlier, after the NDA nominated Kovind for the top post, Mayawati had said that her party cannot take a negative stand against a Dalit nominee.
The BJP’s presidential candidate shows up the falling popularity of the former political queen of Uttar Pradesh