Patidar reservation agitation leader Hardik Patel is likely to share the stage with Gujarat-based politician and Bahujan Mukti Party (BMP) national president V L Matang in a rally in Lucknow on October 9, the death anniversary of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder Kanshi Ram.
The Bahujan Samaj Nirman Rajya Stariya Maharally, being held for “the cause of the formation of Bahujan Samaj, the mission of Kanshi Ram” will be a political event where BMP will announce its first list of candidates for the state Assembly elections.
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The rally will be held at Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, with organisers targetting an attendance of around one lakh people. On the same day, BSP chief Mayawatil will be addressing a gathering at Kashiram Green Eco Garden. A day before that, Kanshi Ram’s sister Swaran Kaur and a few other Mayawati detractors will hold a rally in Kaushambi district.
Matang, who belongs to Kutch district in Gujarat, had formed the party in December 2012. Former BSP leader Daddu Prasad, who had been expelled by Mayawati, is the party’s general secretary. Party hoardings carrying photographs of Patel have been put up across Lucknow, appealing to the public to attend the meeting.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Matang said, “Hardik Patel has accepted the invitation to attend the rally in Lucknow, being held for the cause of the formation of Bahujan Samaj, which was the mission of Kanshi Ram. We have to become the voice of that section of society which is exploited. We are aiming at polarising SC/STs, minorities and OBCs,” said Matang, adding that BMP workers were spread over more than 8,000 panchayats of UP to urge people to attend as well as prepare for the Assembly polls. He said that BMP can declare candidates on nearly 250 seats on October 9.
Prasad said that ‘Bahujan Samaj’ was divided into 6,000 castes and Patidar is one of them, which is why they approached Patel to join the movement. The BMP leader accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of functioning as a “tool for exploiters”, due to which they had invited Hardik Patel, who has an “anti-Modi” image.