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To win 86 reserved seats, Mayawati falls back on Dalit-Brahmin ‘bhaichara’

Mayawati also reviewed the functioning of polling and sector booth committees of each reserved constituency and the progress of the party’s efforts to reach out to Brahmins in them.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow |
Updated: November 24, 2021 4:14:15 am
Mayawati said she has given the responsibility of connecting with the upper castes, especially the Brahmins, in these reserved constituencies to party national general secretary Satish Chandra Misra and his team. (Express Photo by Vishal Srivastava)

With an aim to win the 86 reserved Assembly constituencies through social engineering in the upcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday told party’s vidhan sabha chiefs to develop ‘bhaichara’ (brotherhood) between Brahmins and Scheduled Castes (SCs)/Scheduled Tribes (STs) in those seats.

She also reviewed the functioning of polling and sector booth committees of each reserved constituency and the progress of the party’s efforts to reach out to Brahmins in these constituencies.

In a press note released after the meeting, the BSP said that SC candidates would be fielded on some general (non-reserved) seats as well.

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Why the 86 reserved seats matter

Speaking to reporters at BSP headquarters in Lucknow ahead of the meeting, Mayawati said the meeting has been called to chalk out“a solid strategy” to win the 86 reserved constituencies – 84 reserved for SCs and two for STs.

Mayawati said that she has given the responsibility of connecting with the upper castes, especially the Brahmins, in these reserved constituencies to party national general secretary Satish Chandra Misra and his team.

Between July and August, when Misra addressed BSP’s “prabudha varg vichar-gosthis”– special meetings involving Brahmins – he used to say that 13 per cent Brahmin votes with 23 per cent Dalit votes add up to 36 per cent vote share, which is enough to win elections in UP as any party with over 30 per cent vote share forms the government.

Meanwhile, the BSP chief also released a “folder” of the works done by her governments in the past and directed party workers to distribute them to people in every village and town across the state with a message that if BSP returns to power in 2022, her government will work for public welfare on the same pattern and with the motto of ‘Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai’.

Claiming that governments under her rule did “ innumerable historic works” for the development of UP, Mayawati accused subsequent SP and BJP government of taking credit for projects that were conceptualised earlier.

“When the SP was in power and now with the BJP, both the parties have been showing my work as their own. Even the Congress that was in power for the longest time (in Uttar Pradesh), since Independence, could not do the work that I had done in such a short time,” Mayawati told reporters here.

Though she did not elaborate on the work done during her terms, she has in the past claimed that the framework of the recently inaugurated Purvanchal Expressway and upcoming Jewar Airport were prepared during BSP rule. “All these projects could have been completed, if the then Congress government at the Centre had given a no-objection certificate (NOC), but that did not happen,” she had earlier said.

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