Appealing to Brahmins to support Mayawati in the coming Assembly elections, BSP general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Satish Chandra Misra on Friday said the caste group may have to leave the state if it failed to “unite against the prevalent rule of goons and mafia in Uttar Pradesh under the Samajwadi Party government”. Addressing a BSP Bhaichara Sammelan in Mohanlalganj, Misra claimed that if Dalit lands have been grabbed during SP regime, Brahmins have also faced atrocities in this government. He said only Mayawati can provide strict law and order in the state, and can stop the BJP and SP, which he alleged orchestrate communal riots for votes.
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Misra, who is regarded as the BSP’s Brahmin face and is tasked with wooing the community for the party, alleged that the BJP and SP have “openly declared” that they consider Brahmins “their enemy”. He said Brahmins have been ignored in appointment of ministers, bureaucrats and “even police sub-inspectors” by the SP government. Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, he said these two BJP leaders from Gujarat “hate Brahmins”, and their government in the state put 25 Brahmin IAS/IPS officers into jail.
“The atrocities are being committed against Dalits as well as Brahmins under the government run by Modi,” Misra alleged.
He also said that Modi and Shah sidelined BJP’s Brahmin leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi, and the party has stopped using the photograph of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee – a Brahmin. Misra claimed Union minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra was given “an insignificant, minor portfolio” in the Modi Cabinet, and would be removed after the UP elections.
Misra said former BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai had toured the whole state during Lok Sabha elections, but he was removed from his post after the party won 73 seats. “Bajpai was replaced by someone who faces one dozen criminal cases, including those of atrocities on Dalits and Brahmins,” he alleged. He said Mayawati’s slogan of “sarvajan hitay-sarvajan sukhay” is not just a slogan, but the BSP leader works with that policy.
“There were less than one dozen Brahmin MLAs in UP in 2002, four of them were from BSP. But after I worked to associate Brahmins with the BSP, the number of Brahmin MLAs reached to 40 in 2007 Assembly elections,” he said. Similarly, he claimed, the support of Brahmins helped the BSP win 62 reserved Assembly seats in 2007, up from 16 in 2002.
The BSP leader said after the 2007 elections, Mayawati fulfilled her promise and appointed 15 Brahmins as Cabinet ministers in her government and gave them important departments. He said she also sent 12 Brahmins to the Legislative Council and made one of them, Ganesh Shankar Pandey, the chairman. He said there were only three Brahmin MPs in Lok Sabha before 2009, including former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, but BSP sent 12 Brahmins to Lok Sabha after 2009 Lok Sabha elections. He said he himself has been nominated for Rajya Sabha thrice.
Misra said no other party talked of Brahmins until the BSP started its campaign in 2005. He claimed Brahmins are 16 per cent of UP’s population, and they cannot win elections on their own.
“But when you join hands with Dalits, who are 22 per cent of UP’s population, you become a formidable political force which together can win every seat,” he said. Misra said Dalits have always had a “brotherhood” with Brahmins, and their localities in villages are in the same areas.
“When I asked someone why it was so, I was told that Brahmins always stand up against any atrocities involving Dalits,” he said.
Claiming that the country is passing through an “emergency”, he said as many as 50 persons have died standing in queues outside banks since demonetisation was announced on November 8. Misra said the PM is not “able to gather courage to come to the Rajya Sabha, because he will have to listen about the hardships faced by common people”.