BSP picks Muslims for top party posts in riot-hit dists

The formula of Dalit president and Muslim vice-president has been implemented in the district units of Mathura, Kushinagar and Sitapur as well.

Lucknow | Updated: February 7, 2014 9:46 am
 BSP chief Mayawati. (Photo: Reuters) BSP chief Mayawati. (Photo: Reuters)

A fortnight after BSP chief Mayawati gave a call for Dalit-Muslim unity to defeat the BJP, her party has appointed only Muslims as vice-presidents in most of the districts in the riot-hit region of western Uttar Pradesh.

The party’s district unit has only one post of vice-president.  The post of the district president is held by a Scheduled Caste leader while most of the V-Ps in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Baghpat, Saharanpur, Sambhal, Amroha, Rampur, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad and Hapur are now Muslims.  Sources said the emergence of Muslims in the party organisation in so many districts simultaneously is unprecedented. as the BSP had always given token representation to other communities while keeping the SCs at the helm.

The formula of Dalit president and Muslim vice-president has been implemented in the district units of Mathura, Kushinagar and Sitapur as well.  “Now, these V-Ps will be the faces of the BSP among Muslims and will definitely help the party in reaching out to their community,” said a party leader. “We already have leaders like Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Munquad Ali at senior posts. These Muslim faces at district level will send out the message that the party is giving importance to the community,” he said.

Addressing BSP’s Savdhan Maharally in Lucknow on January 15, Mayawati had said there was a need for Dalit-Muslim bhaichara to keep the BJP away from power and urged the Muslims to vote for BSP.

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    Sandip Rudra
    Feb 7, 2014 at 8:05 am
    Isn't this communal?
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      Madan
      Feb 7, 2014 at 11:43 am
      Muslims & Dalits face atrocities throughout the nation. If this two communities come together under BSP they can fight Castiest people(BJP). Some Upper Caste people who are not castiest can also join BSP to help empowerment of their oppressed people.
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        Madan
        Feb 7, 2014 at 11:43 am
        Muslims & Dalits face atrocities throughout the nation. If this two communities come together under BSP they can fight Castiest people(BJP). Some Upper Caste people who are not castiest can also join BSP to help empowerment of their oppressed people.
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          True
          Feb 7, 2014 at 11:47 am
          BSP with Dalit-Muslim-OBC-Brahmin rainbow coalition is going to win atleast 55-60 seats.
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            True
            Feb 7, 2014 at 11:47 am
            BSP with Dalit-Muslim-OBC-Brahmin rainbow coalition is going to win atleast 55-60 seats.
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              Chanakya
              Feb 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm
              Message is "Keep BJP away from power". BJP's only utility as per her is to support her unconditionally when she has a shortfall in numbers to become chief minister.
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                Chanakya
                Feb 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm
                Message is "Keep BJP away from power". BJP's only utility as per her is to support her unconditionally when she has a shortfall in numbers to become chief minister.
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