Launched in the state on Saturday, the newly formed Bahujan Republican Socialist Party (BRSP) has announced to contest 2017 assembly elections.
Speaking to the Indian Express, its national president Suresh Mane said, “We will certainly contest assembly elections in 2017. But whether we will go alone or with some other party, will be decided when the elections approach”.
Former head of the Law Department at the University of Bombay, Mane was one of the founding members of the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) in 1984. However, he was expelled from BSP by Mayawati owing to some differences. He had also worked with Dalit Soshit Samaj Sangharsh Samiti (DS4) and BAMCEF.
Stating that the main aim of his party was the “liberation and empowerment” of SCs, STs, and OBCs, Mane asked Gujarat government to conduct OBC census in the state and extend the creamy layer up to an annual income of Rs 10 lakh.
He also demanded that the Gujarat government should immediately bring a special law on reservation for STs, SCs and OBCs on the lines of the one passed in Maharashtra and introduce a special development plan for SCs/STs during the forthcoming budget session itself. Seeking rehabilitation of all displaced people in the state, he demanded an end to calling ‘adivasis’ as ‘vanvasis’ and remove all kind of discrimination in government educational institutions with SCs and STs.
Mane also demanded filling of all backlog vacancies in government departments and giving possesson of already allotted lands to SCs and STs.