16 Dalit, OBC, Muslim groups meet to plan Mayawati’s ‘ouster’

Mayawati, who resigned from Rajya Sabha last month saying she was not being allowed to speak on atrocities against Dalits, had expelled Siddiqui from the BSP in May after the party suffered a crushing defeat in the UP Assembly elections.

Written by Ashutosh Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Updated: August 7, 2017 11:44 am
mayawati, mayawati ouster, bsp, parties against mayawati, dalits and mayawati, Naseemuddin Siddiqui, up dalits meet, indian express news With no member in Lok Sabha and just 19 MLAs in UP, and with little chance of re-election to Rajya Sabha, the possibility of Mayawati playing a prominent role in national politics has reduced drastically. (Source: Express photo/Premnath Pandey)

In a significant indicator of major change in the Dalit politics of Uttar Pradesh, as many as 16 outfits of Dalits, Muslims and OBCs, led mostly by former leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party, held a daylong meeting in Delhi Sunday to chalk out an agenda to “oust Mayawati” and dent her core “Bahujan” vote. These outfits, brought on a single platform by Mayawati’s former lieutenant Naseemuddin Siddiqui, formed a National Bahujan Alliance, and a Coordination Committee with former BSP MP Pramod Kureel as convener. Kureel says he is “still in the BSP but wants to oust Mayawati (as its leader)”.

Mayawati, who resigned from Rajya Sabha last month saying she was not being allowed to speak on atrocities against Dalits, had expelled Siddiqui from the BSP in May after the party suffered a crushing defeat in the UP Assembly elections. There has been speculation about Siddiqui’s next step ever since. Sources close to Siddiqui, as well as some BSP MLAs, told The Indian Express that the BJP has been in touch with them, even though they continued to have reservations about joining the saffron camp. And yet, the timing and venue of Sunday’s meeting, Delhi’s Constitution Club when Parliament is in session, suggested a quickening pace of developments in Dalit politics.

“Sixteen political and non-political outfits from several states gathered today. The Committee will soon hold another meeting and we will form a joint front of Sarv Samaj and contest elections,” Siddiqui said. Said Kureel: “The aura of Mayawati has been exposed now. Many leaders have left her in recent years but they are not organised. They all call themselves followers of Kanshi Ramji, but work alone. Hence, there was a need to bring them together. Our main aim is to give an identity and alternative to the Bahujan samaj.”

With no member in Lok Sabha and just 19 MLAs in UP, and with little chance of re-election to Rajya Sabha, the possibility of Mayawati playing a prominent role in national politics has reduced drastically. For over a decade, she has been the fulcrum of Dalit politics in UP and in several other states — with the decline in her power now, a massive Dalit vote is up for grabs. The significance of this vote for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is enormous.

In April, several former and existing BSP leaders had formed the Federation of Bahujan Organisations of India. After his expulsion, Siddiqui became its natural leader. Among the outfits present in Sunday’s meeting were the Indian National League, Kanshi Ram’s Bahujan Sangharsh Party, film actor Rajpal Yadav’s Sarv Sambhav Party, the Bahaman Mukti Morcha, and a sister organisation of the All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees’ Federation, or BAMCEF.

Among those who spoke at Sunday’s meeting were Suresh Mane, a former BSP national general secretary who was expelled by Mayawati in June 2015; Ram Krishna Yadav, who entered Lok Sabha in 1989 as the BSP’s first MP; Dalwara Singh, the younger brother of BSP founder Kanshi Ram; Salim Ansari, who was a BSP member of Rajya Sabha until July 2016; and Rajpal Yadav. All of them spoke against Mayawati. “Mayawati Kanshi Ramji ke mission ko bech rahi hain. We will not let her do so. Many are joining our front… She only wants money. Many BSP members are joining us,” Ansari said. “We will form a political party and contest elections.”

Mane said, “There is a vacant space for Bahujan politics. We will fill this space.” Kureel claimed that “within a few months, we will have more ex-MPs of BSP then Mayawati”. All these leaders have been aggressively touring UP to win over BSP workers. While their focus remains UP, they are meeting again at the same venue, Delhi’s Constitution Club, on August 26.

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    K.GURUMOORTHY
    Aug 7, 2017 at 7:39 pm
    Such notorious regional leaders should be kicked out of politics and this is applicable right from Akilesh, to lallu parivar, Krunanidhi parivar etc.Now people started reallising all these gangs are fooling the people
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      Rabi Bhushan Sharma
      Aug 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm
      Mayawati alleges that Ram Nath Kobind did not visit Ambedkar's statue while the BJP makes it a point to be given a wide publicity as to how important it has become for its leaders to garland the icon's statue. Is the Dalit politics to remain rotating only around the statues of Ambedkar? We must move away from the gimmicks of statues.
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        M M
        Aug 7, 2017 at 12:42 pm
        this most corrupt lady should be taught a lesson by dalits as she has gathered wealth by exploiting the dalits people. the same thing is done by lalu, the jadhavs and obc should relaize what good these people are doing for them.
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          Gitesh S
          Aug 7, 2017 at 12:05 pm
          These people do not understand. People are fed up them. Caste based politics has uplifted only the leaders and not the masses. Masses are still suffering. This is true in UP, Bihar, Maharashtra and other places. BJP has been able to shift focus from Middle Class to all groups. They will definitely attract poor backward of India.
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            Preeti Rathaur
            Aug 7, 2017 at 11:14 am
            Amit Shah in action for Parliment Elections well in advance. Naseemuddin Siddiqi's slaughter house in Bachraon sealed by UP Government. He is working in tandem with BJP to get business back.
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              Anand Ch
              Aug 7, 2017 at 11:00 am
              She didn't do any thing for her voters. They don't consider her any more as their leader. Better she donate all her properties back to poor and needy.
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                C N Raghuraman Raghuraman
                Aug 7, 2017 at 10:39 am
                Mayawati in the initial stages worked for the cause of Dalits. As she climbed the ladder she shifted allegiance to elitist class like all other politicians. She stopped bothering about caste. NBA started by Siddique will overtime support NDA to stay relevant
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                  Aseem
                  Aug 7, 2017 at 10:10 am
                  Why are you mixing up Muslim and Dalit politics?
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