Reactivating her social engineering formula ahead of the Lok Sabha elections,BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday wooed the Brahmins claiming that the Dalits and Brahmins were facing equal atrocities under the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh.
With an eye on the upper caste vote bank,she also announced names of 36 candidates for Lok Sabha polls,18 of whom are Brahmins.
Citing an incident of Etawah district where a Brahmin family was allegedly assaulted and humiliated publicly for giving shelter to an eloped couple,Mayawati said the upper castes,especially Brahmins,are facing the atrocities. Addressing a convention of her partys Brahmin Bhaichara Committee at the residence of BSP general secretary and partys Brahmin face Satish Chandra Misra,she asked the Brahmins to support the BSP in the next Lok Sabha polls as they have seen the failure of UPA and NDA governments at Centre while her partys government in UP had done enough for them with its limited resources.
Addressing a press conference before the meeting,she said the opposition parties are misguiding the upper castes about the BSP claiming that it is the party of a particular caste,while her party takes care of all communities and religions.
Mayawati said it was only her party that had written to the Centre several times seeking reservation for economically backward upper castes along with the SC/ST,OBC and religious minorities by amending the Constitution.
She claimed the BSP and its governments had given due representation to all upper castes,especially Brahmins in the government and organisation and worked for their benefit. Answering a question,she said during the last Assembly elections it were the Congress and BJP which had made the upper castes support the SP,after sensing the danger for themselves as a large number of upper castes were coming in the BSP fold.
She said that this time she has tasked Misra and other Brahmin functionaries of the party to inform the Brahmins about the initiatives taken by the BSP government for them. She said Misra will hold meetings in the 36 Lok Sabha constituencies under her direction to gather Brahmins support for BSP candidates in the coming next three months.
The names of Lok Sabha candidates were also made public by the party. RK Chaudhary who returned to the BSP after more than a decade has been named for Mohanlalganj seat. Former minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi who had left the BSP before Assembly elections and returned to the party this year,has been named from Mirzapur seat.
Answering a question,she said the names of candidates will not be changed like it happened during Assembly elections,as this time she is personally overseeing the selection of candidates,which she could not do during the Assembly election as she was also the chief minister.
Modi factor will not work in UP
Answering a question about the likely influence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the coming Lok Sabha elections,Mayawati said the Modi factor has never worked in UP and will not work in future. On the possibility of a third or fourth front coming into existence at Centre,she said it was premature to discuss the issue as neither the elections have been announced nor the results are out.