Vowing to provide an “alternative to the BSP”, former party leader R K Chaudhary on Sunday began his 20-day-long ‘Samajik Parivartan Yatra’ from Lucknow’s Parivartan Chowk. The yatra is scheduled to end with a rally in Allahabad on September 30.
Chaudhary had quit the BSP in June after accusing party chief Mayawati of selling tickets for the 2017 Assembly polls and abandoning the mission of BSP founder Kanshi Ram.
Targeting Mayawati again, he said: “She has defeated the cause of Bahujan Samaj. Kanshi Ram had made a nest for Bahujan Samaj but she has filled it with hundreds of snakes and scorpions.”
Referring to the statues installed at Parivartan Chowk during the tenure of the BSP-BJP government headed by Mayawati, he added: “The installation of a statue of Periyar was cancelled because that was not a government of ideology. In our government, statues of Periyar and Kanshi Ram will be installed here.”
Chaudhary was joined by former MLA Ram Lotan Patel from Mirzapur. Patel said he has left BSP because Mayawati has “lost interest in Bahujan Samaj”. The BSP declared him a candidate from Marihan seat in Mirzapur in 2014 but cancelled his ticket in June, 2016, he added.
The yatra is being organised by Chaudhary’s outfit Bahujan Samaj Swabhiman Sangharsh Samiti. He will travel through Lucknow, Kanpur, Faizabad and Allahabad divisions, holding around 200 public meetings. The route of his yatra is mostly dominated by Dalits of Pasi sub-caste, to which Chaudhary belongs.
Chaudhary, one of the founder-members of BSP, has a following among Pasis — the second largest Dalits sub-caste in UP after Jatavs. The Jatavs are traditional supporters of BSP and Mayawati belongs to the same sub-caste.