New Delhi, Mar 20 (ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) General
Secretary A. B. Bardhan has said that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief
Mayawati is a more deserving candidate for the Prime Ministers post
than either L. K. Advani or Manmohan Singh.
Mayawati is more deserving of the Prime Ministers chair than L. K.
Advani or Manmohan Singh, Bardhan has told NDTV in an exclusive
interview to be aired on Sunday.
politician and champion of Prabuddha Bharath’s Aboriginal Inhabitant of
Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath is
making a powerful, and some say credible, play to become the country’s
first “Scheduled Caste” premier.
Mayawati Kumari, a member of the Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath community, is chief minister of Uttar
Pradesh state which boasts a population roughly the size of Brazil’s.
Hugely popular with her regional power base, she
has now taken her ambitions to the national level ahead of general
elections that start next month.
On Sunday, she
announced her Bahujan Samaj Party
(BSP, the Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great
Prabuddha Bharath Society Party) would contest seats across the country
on its own, challenging the two main national parties – the ruling
Congress, and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Mayawati first came to power in Uttar Pradesh in
1995, making her the first Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath to head a state government.
She has held the chief minister’s post three more times since then and
now has her sights set on an even larger prize.
“If a Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath woman like me can become the chief
minister of Uttar Pradesh not once but four times, why can I not become
the prime minister ?” she asked party workers last year.
In 2007, Time magazine ranked her as the fifteenth most influential person in India and last year the New York Times said the 53-year-old former teacher was “the most important Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath politician” in India’s history.
Shunned by higher castes, India’s 165 million Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath perform the lowliest tasks, and are generally poor, illiterate
But despite the formal abolition of
“untouchability” under the Indian constitution in 1950, the UN
Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reported in 2007
that “de facto segregation persists.”
With neither the Congress nor the BJP capable of
securing an outright majority on their own, some analysts believe
Mayawati’s prime ministerial aspirations have moved beyond the realm of
“With all the election forecasts predicting a
fractured verdict, Mayawati does have an edge,” said political analyst
and author Rasheed Kidwai.
“Uttar Pradesh elects the maximum number of 80 MPs
to parliament. So even if her party wins 35-40 seats in the state, she
will be in a good position to take a shot at the prime ministership,”
Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath have been appointed to some of the highest
posts in India – including the presidency and Supreme Court chief
justice – but none have come as far as Mayawati in the field of
Born into a “Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath(Chamar)” or leatherworkers’ family on
the outskirts of New Delhi in 1956, Mayawati was studying law when she
was talent spotted by the then BSP president Kanshi Ram in the
Ram persuaded her to join politics, telling her “she was born to rule (rather) than to serve”.
Within a decade, Mayawati had become chief minister.
Though her first term lasted less than six months,
“Behenji” or “sister” as she is respectfully called, became an instant
icon for millions of Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath.
At one party fundraising event, she told
supporters that they were wasting their money seeking the favour of
various Indian deities.
“I am your living goddess who has dedicated her
entire life for your welfare,” she said, urging them to donate funds to
In order to move to the prime minister’s residence
in Delhi, Mayawati will have to broaden her base beyond the Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath community and also beyond the borders of Uttar Pradesh.
Her victory in state polls in 2007 came about
after she successfully wooed Muslims and upper caste Brahmins.
According to Three Baskets Study Circle, a strong BSP showing in the general election is certain to
cast Mayawati bring her the crown itself.
“If they are able to add umbrella support beyond
her core voters, that will provide her the leverage.”
Releases list of candidates
LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati on Friday promised a
government at the Centre qualitatively different from the Congress and
the Bharatiya Janata Party regimes. The welfare of ‘sarv samaj,’
inclusive of all religions and castes, would be the cornerstone of the
national and foreign policies.
At a press conference here on Friday, she released the party’s list of candidates for the 80 Lok Seats in the State here.
Brahmins get the lion’s share of 20 seats, followed byAboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) (17
seats) and Muslims 14. Other Backward Classes and non-Brahmin upper
castes get the remaining seats.
The BSP supremo released a 32-page special election ‘appeal’ for the
electorate of Uttar Pradesh and cautioned voters not to fall prey to
the election stunts of the Congress, the BJP and their allies.
Indicating that she remained a strong contender for the prime
ministership, Ms. Mayawati announced that she would kick off the BSP’s
poll campaign at a rally in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on Saturday.
She rubbished the economic polices of the Congress and the BJP-led
governments, which, she alleged, promoted the interests of a few
Ms. Mayawati took a dig at the India-U.S. nuclear deal of the UPA
government and said the BSP government would never mortgage the
interests of India.
The BSP president blamed the Congress, which ruled the country for
about half a century, for the miseries of the poor and the downtrodden
and the unemployment and economic and educational backwardness.
Ms. Mayawati’s appeal listed 40 achievements of the BSP government based on the principle of sarvjan hitaya sarvjan sukhaya.
LUCKNOW - Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president and Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Mayawati will fly down to Kerala to launch her
nationwide 52-day-long poll campaign from Thiruvananthapuram Saturday.
‘Kerala was picked as my first destination simply because I was keen
to kick start the campaign from a state where our party was still in a
nascent stage,’ Mayawati said at a press conference here Friday.
However, she declined to reveal how many seats her party proposed to contest across the country.
‘We will make a formal announcement over the next four of five days
with a list of states where we will field candidates, as also the exact
number of seats we propose to contest out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats in
the country,’ she said.
Earlier, Mayawati named the party candidates for the 80 Lok Sabha
seats in Uttar Pradesh. She said her party would also field candidates
in all 20 parliamentary constituencies in Kerala.
The BSP chief, who is the only star campaigner for her party, said
she will go around the entire country, apart from the north-eastern
states, between March 21 and May 11.
‘My last election rally will be held on May 11,’ she said, adding:
‘Despite my hectic schedule, I will make it a point to return every
night to Lucknow, so that I can attend to my duties as chief minister
of the country’s most populous state too.’
‘In any case, wherever I may be, I will be keeping track of every
development back home here; after all it is election time and we need
to guard against any kind of mischief by the opposition,’ she said.
Mayawati asserted she would ensure a ‘free and fair election’ under all circumstances.
‘We will not allow any kind of booth capturing and see to it that
every legitimate voter gets a chance to exercise their right to
franchise,’ she said.
Another formidable opponent is Neelalohithadasan Nadar, who as a
Congress candidate in 1980 trounced CPI leader M.N. Govindan Nair.
Nadar this time is contesting as the candidate of the Bahujan Samaj
Party (BSP).He is named the BSP candidate for the key
Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat
has written scripts and directed several blockbusters like ‘Khuddar’,
‘Phool Aur Kaante’, ‘Kaalchakra’ , ‘Shiva’, ‘Benam Badshah’, ‘Betaj
Badshah’, ‘Kohram’ and ‘Dhartiputra’ to name a few. “I have earned a
lot of name, fame and money and now I want to do something for the
people, especially those in Godda, which is very dear to me, since it
has been my ‘karmabhhomi, ” said Durrani, who landed to Ranchi on
Explaining the meaning of the ‘Hum Dum’
slogan, he said: “‘Hindu aur Muslim mile to banta hai Hum, aur Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudviap, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs)
aur Muslim mile to banta hai Dum; aur hum dum dono mile jaye to ban
jaate hain ‘Hum Dum’. This is the spirit of a great country like India.
When other parties are dividing the society, I have given a new slogan
which unites people. My concept is ‘unite and rule’ in contrast to
‘divide and rule’ of others.”
According to him, politics
provides a good platform for doing something for the people. People
have seen many parliamentarians, but I will prove to be a much better
one. I should be given one chance, he told the ET. Durrani has been
nursing his ambition to contest the LS elections for a long time. In
fact, he had been to Ranchi several times in the recent past to speak
to top leaders of different parties. However, finally he stitched a
deal with Mayawati’s BSP which is trying to make inroads into Jharkhand
Godda, at present, is being represented by Furqan Ansari of.
Durrani is hopeful that he will get the love and
affection of the people of the area, who will send him to Lok Sabha
with a good margin of votes. “I have been visiting the area frequently
in the recent past. And, the kind of response I have got is
overwhelming. I am going to win the elections. The only thing to be
seen is the margin of votes,” he said. As a mark of respect for the
great tribal leader of Jharkhand, Birsa Munda, Durrani has already made
a film on him — Gandhi Se Pehle Gandhi. He has also written a book in
the same name.
Durrani was born in Balwatari, under Banka
district of Bihar, close to Jharkhand, but later his family was shifted
to Godda where he did his schooling. His father was a
LUCKNOW - Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati released a list of candidates for 80 Lok Sabha seats
in Uttar Pradesh.
She also announced that the BSP’s nationwide campaign would start from Saturday.
“Tomorrow, I will start the BSP national campaign from Kerala with a
rally in Thiruvananthapuram,” she told a press conference here.
The BSP Chief also released the party’s ’special appeal’ to the electorate in Uttar Pradesh.
Mayawati said she would be campaigning non-stop across the country from Saturday till May11.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the State Government would
ensure that people of all religions, castes and community are allowed
According to BSP officials, the party would come out with the list
of party candidates from rest of the country in four-five days. (ANI)
Lucknow, March 20 Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Mayawati Friday announced candidates for all 80 Lok
Sabha seats in the state. The list has more Brahmins and fewer Aboriginal Inahbitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs).
Deviating from her past practice, Mayawati did not give the caste break
up of her candidates at her press conference here. But her aides
pointed out that their leader has been “generous with Brahmins”.
Of the 29 nominees picked from among Hindu upper castes, 20 are
Brahmins, followed by four Thakurs, three Banias and two others.
While other backward classes (OBCs) got a handsome chunk of 20
seats, the number of Aboriginal Inahbitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) did not exceed the 17 Lok Sabha
constituencies reserved for the community.
These were followed by 14 Muslims, including Shafiqur Rehman Burque,
who recently defected from the Samajwadi Party and has been fielded
The preference for Brahmins in the BSP list indicates that Mayawati
continues to bank on the “social engineering” formula of bringing
together upper and Aboriginal Inahbitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs) castes that gave her power in Uttar Pradesh in
Among these are D.P. Yadav, who is to be fielded from Budaun, Aruna
Shankar Shukla ‘Anna’ (Unnao), Dhananjay Singh (Jaunpur), Mukhtar
Ansari (Varanasi) and his brother Afzal Ansari from Ghazipur.
Bhishm Shankar Tiwari and Vinay Shankar Tiwari, the nominees from
Sant Kabir Nagar and Gorakhpur respectively, are sons
minister Hari Shankar Tiwari.
One of the candidates is Jagdish Rana (Saharanpur).
LUCKNOW - With three private helicopters at her disposal, Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati will hit the campaign trail Sunday to
rally voters across the country for her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) that
plans to contest at least 400 Lok Sabha seats in the coming election.
Seen by her BSP as the only crowd puller, who does not need the
additional props of film stars or celebrities, Mayawati will set
herself a punishing pace as she spins across the country for the
five-phase elections that begin April 16 and go on till May 13.
While the campaign will be launched from Deoria, the far eastern
corner of Uttar Pradesh bordering Bihar on March 22, she will make
intermittent trips to 23 other states where the BSP proposes to field
its candidates, said a BSP leader.
Other than Uttar Pradesh, she will essentially focus on Bihar,
Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Himachal
Pradesh where her party had succeeded in making a dent in the assembly
‘We are not impressed by film personalities or other celebrities
whom other parties hire to collect crowds,’ observed a senior party
functionary. ‘Our greatest celebrity is Behenji who is the biggest
crowd puller and does not require filmi faces to collect crowds.’
‘As many as 24 rallies have been planned for Uttar Pradesh where she
proposes to cover at least three constituencies with each rally,’ the
official told IANS requesting anonymity.
To aid the hectic travel, three private helicopters have been hired
for use by Mayawati and her trusted aides Satish Chandra Misra and
While Mayawati spreads her wings across the country, Misra and
Siddiqui would concentrate on Uttar Pradesh to target Brahmins and
Muslims in the party’s bid to increase it tally of 17 seats in the 14th
Misra is also stated to have been detailed for Rajasthan, Madhya
Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, where he has organised
Brahmin-Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath(SC/STs) Bhaichara Sammellans (Brahmin-Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath(SC/STs) friendship meets).
Mayawati is understood to be personally controlling the entire
nationwide campaign from her Kalidass Marg residence here. A central
campaign office has also been set up at her new home in New Delhi’s
Gurudwara Rakabganj Marg, where she hosted a dinner for Third Front
She is right now said to be busy finalising the list of candidates
for as many as 400 Lok Sabha constituencies, including Uttar Pradesh’s
‘The list would announced in the next two-three days,’ said a party official.
New Delhi, Mar 19 (ANI): The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has released
its first list of 11 candidates for Madhya Pradesh and five candidates
for Jammu and Kashmir for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The party will contest all 29 seats from Madhya Pradesh.
The BSP has also announced that the name for the Ladakh seat will be finalising later.
The Mayawati-led BSP is the only party to have announced its list of candidates for Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)
Jammu After it drew a blank in the last Assembly
elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the Bahajuan Samaj Party (BSP) is
getting ready to launch a high-voltage campaign in the state once
again. The party, which is contesting all six Lok Sabha seats in the
state, is planning a mega rally at Jammu on March 30 which will be
addressed by UP CM and party Supremo Mayawati.
The party, which has proposed the name of Mayawati as its Prime
Ministerial candidate, is trying to break new ground in the state by
co-opting people from both the lower and upper castes in the upcoming
Addressing a press conference, BSP national general secretary
Narendra Kashyap on Wednesday said that apart from the issues like
unemployment and escalation in the prices of essential commodities, the
party would make fighting militancy its central poll plank. “We lost
all the Assembly seats as the agitation over transfer of land to Shri
Amaranth Shrine Board (SASB) had influenced the choice of voters a
great deal in the state. It was a vote which was given on (the basis
of) caste and religion and there was nothing missing in our efforts.
However, the issues in the Lok Sabha elections will be different and
our party has become stronger after nearly a dozen regional and
national parties supported party president, Mayawtiji, as the Prime
Ministerial candidate,” he said.
Kashyap also signalled the BSP’s willingness to take up local
issues. “We fully support the demand of the people of Ladakh for UT
status. It is a genuine demand and if we get a seat from Ladakh we will
get the UT status for it,” added Kashyap.
The BSP has now allowed the PRP to use the Parade Grounds on March 21 for the latter’s meeting.
Prajarajyam Party (PRP) will hold its proposed public meeting at the
Parade Grounds in the city on March 21. This was decided after
the party came to an understanding with the Bahujan Samaj Party which
had earlier booked the grounds from March 20-24 for its public meeting
on March 23.
Since the Parade Grounds was not available, the PRP booked the
nearby Bison Polo ground and Gymkhana grounds from March 19 to 21 for
its public meeting on March 21.
However, since the PRP desired to hold the public meeting at the
Parade Grounds itself, its representatives spoke to BSP leaders in the
city and came to an understanding. The BSP has now allowed the PRP to
use the Parade Grounds on March 21 for the latter’s meeting.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Bahujana Samaj Party (BSP)
president Mayawati will address a public meeting at the Parade Grounds
as scheduled on March 23.
Incidentally, the contractor for arranging the stages for both the
PRP and BSP meetings is the same. Except for a few changes, the BSP
will use the same stage, said PRP Secunderabad cantonment in-charge N
The PRP which booked the Gymkhana ground and also Bison Polo grounds will now utilise them for parking of vehicles.
When contacted, DEO S Balakrishna said since both the PRP and BSP
came to an understanding on the use of the Parade Grounds, permission
has been accorded to both of them.
‘We issued a notice to Sarvesh Kumar Singh today (Thursday) for
defying the model code of conduct by using the premises of a private
school for addressing an election meeting,’ Avaneesh Kumar Sharma,
additional district magistrate, told IANS on phone.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Singh held election meetings at a private
college in Thakurdwara locality of Moradabad, about 300 km from
‘A two-member inquiry team, comprising a deputy superintendent of
police and a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), has been directed to
submit a detailed report in this regard,’ said Sharma.
Once the model code of conduct comes into effect, election meetings
cannot be organised in schools and religious places without prior
permission from district authorities.
Lok Sabha polls will be held in five phases in the state from April 16 to May 13.Poll panel issues notice for Shakeel Ahmad
March 20th, 2009
NEW DELHI - The Election Commission Thursday issued a show cause notice
to Union Minister of State for Home Shakeel Ahmad for violating the
model code of conduct. ‘The Election Commission has issued show cause
notice to Shakeel Ahmed for violation of model code of conduct,’ a
statement issued here said.
March 19th, 2009
LUCKNOW - A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate in Uttar
Pradesh and 30 of her supporters have been arrested for defying the
model code of conduct, police said Wednesday. ‘A case has been
registered against Neeam Sonkar and her supporters for taking out a
procession Wednesday in Azamgarh district violating the code of
conduct,’ Superintendent of Police (City) O.P.
March 18th, 2009
LUCKNOW - A popular Bhojpuri folk singer, who is the Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) candidate for the Mainpuri parliamentary seat in Uttar
Pradesh, has been charged with violating the model code of conduct, an
official said Wednesday. ‘We have issued a notice to Tripti Shakya for
defying the model code of conduct by advertising her road shows in
newspapers without taking permission from the district administration,’
additional district magistrate Ram Kewal told IANS on telephone from
Mainpuri, 250 km from here.
March 17th, 2009
NEW DELHI - The Election Commission Tuesday directed Uttar Pradesh’s
chief electoral officer (CEO) to file a criminal case against Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) candidate in Pilibhit Varun Gandhi for making
allegedly communal campaign speeches. ‘…Election Commission directs
CEO Uttar Pradesh to file a case under the Indian Penal Code and
Representation of People’s Act against Varun Gandhi for violation of
the model code of conduct,’ said an Election Commission statement here.
March 16th, 2009
LUCKNOW - The secretary of the Samajwadi Party’s Uttar Pradesh unit and
about 60 of his supporters have been booked for taking out a procession
in violation of the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls,
police said Monday. The case against Amzad Saleem and his supporters
was filed Sunday when they took out a procession in Bareilly district
without the permission of the jurisdictional police inspector, said
Deputy Superintendent of Police A.K.
March 15th, 2009 SHIMLA - The Congress
Saturday alleged that the Himachal Pradesh government was violating the
model code of conduct by distributing free energy saving bulbs in the
state. The party has urged the Election Commission to ban the free
distribution of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
March 13th, 2009
NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW - As the Election Commission slapped a notice on
Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav for violating the Model Code
of Conduct, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also rapped Mulayam.
The Congress, however, has played soft with its key ally.
March 13th, 2009
MUMBAI - Actor turned Congress MP Govinda has been accused of violating
the Model Code of Conduct by the Election Commission for distributing
money during Holi. Maharashtra Chief Electoral Officer Debashish
Chakrabarty has ordered an inquiry into the incident in which Govinda
allegedly distributed cash outside his Juhu residence on Wednesday.
March 11th, 2009 HYDERABAD - Election authorities Wednesday issued
notice to Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy for allegedly violating the model code of conduct.Madhya Pradesh minister booked for violating poll code
March 11th, 2009
BHOPAL - Madhya Pradesh Cooperatives Minister Gauri Shankar Bisen has
been booked for alleged violation of the model code of conduct. The
minister had allegedly distributed watches to journalists and party
workers at a programme in Seoni district last week.
March 10th, 2009
PATNA - Bihar Social Welfare Minister and Janata Dal-United leader
Jeetan Ram Manjhi was Monday evening booked for violating the model
code of conduct. He was found using his official car in Nalanda
March 7th, 2009
SILIGURI - A complaint was lodged Friday against the Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M) here for violating the election code of conduct
by defacing the wall of a government building. The complaint was filed
at the Siliguri police station by Siliguri Sadar Development Officer
(SDO) Sarat Dwivedi, who is also the returning officer of the area.
February 17th, 2009
RANCHI - A Jharkhand court Wednesday found former chief minister Shibu
Soren, his son Durga Soren and former deputy chief minister Stephen
Marandi guilty of violating the election code. They were, however, let
off with a warning.
January 7th, 2009
NEW DELHI - Violation of the model code of conduct of the Election
Commission is no ground to set aside the election of a candidate as the
guidelines do not have legal sanctity, a Delhi court has ruled. The
model code of conduct apparently has no statutory backing and many of
its provisions are not legally enforceable and it is the political
parties which have themselves consented to abide by the principles
embodied in the code, Additional District Judge Kamini Lau said in a
ruling this week.
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Poll panel allots Doordarshan, AIR time to parties for campaign
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Like in the last general
The Election Commission Friday allotted time to seven national parties
The seven national parties - the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party,
The parties will get 45 minutes each.
The remaining four hours and 45 minutes will be divided among the
The Election Commission made it clear that during the broadcast and
They cannot cast aspersions against the integrity of the president
The 39 state parties have been given 30 hours of telecasting time on the regional Doordarshan Kendras.
BSP will contest general elections alone, says MayawatiLucknow, Mar 20 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday said that her party would
contest alone in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“In all the states we will contest the election on our own and we
She also informed that her party would start its nationwide poll campaign from Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.
Earlier, she had released the list of candidates for 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.
India will hold general elections between April 16 and May 13, in which 714 million people will cast their votes. (ANI)Uttar Pradesh
With an eye on the Centre, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
is focusing to make its strategy of ’social engineering’ work in the
Lok Sabha elections given the dividend it got from the formula during
the 2004 polls in Uttar Pradesh.
“Of the total 543 Loksabha seats in the country 120 are
reserved including 79 for SC candidates, which comprises our
traditional Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha bharath (SC/STs) vote bank. Of these 79, 17 seats are in the Uttar
Pradesh alone. Besides others, the party is focusing on these seats
spread across the country. We feel that these seats could be won if
social engineering formula works”, a senior party leader told PTI.
In 2004 Lok sabha polls, BSP won only five — Misrikh,
Akbarpur, Barabanki, Basti and Robertsganj- - out of 17 reserved
parliamentary seats in the state and was placed second in 11
constituencies and came third in only one place.
“Keeping this in mind, the party feels that it could do
better in this election if its social engineering formula worked to its
favour”, he said. The party feels that division of dalit votes on
reserved seats gave it set backs in previous elections. According to
the BSP leader the upper caste and people of backward communities
turned the tide on BSP candidates in 2004 and voted for parties like
Congress, BJP and even Samajwadi Party. ”But this time the mood is
upbeat with Mayawati at helm of affairs in the state”, he said.
The BSP leader said under the social engineering formula
which helped the party gain power in the state in 2007 Assembly polls,
the party has formed committees of various castes including Brahmins,
Muslims, Kushwaha, Pal-Baghel, Nishad, Bind and Kashyap and senior
party leaders were assigned to moblise the community in BSP’s favour.
While the state advisory council (SAC) chairman Satish
Chandra Mishra was assigned the task of moblising Brahmins, another
influential cabinet minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui worked among Muslims,
cabinet ministers like Babu Singh Kushwaha and Swami Prasad Maurya were
also pressed into service for wooing electorates of their own caste.
The party, however, has been concentrating mainly on
Brahmins and Dalits. “This is the reason the party held Brahmin and
Dalit sammelans across the state. In fact the Brahmin sammelans were
launched from Rahul Gandhi’s bastion Amethi,” the leader said.
have organised a number of Bhaichara sammelans of different castes and
all those evoked tremendous response. We expect our formula of social
engineering will work,” a party leader said.
In 2002 assembly
election the party won 21 out of 89 reserved seats (all for SC) in the
state, while in 2007 the party tally on these seats increased to 62
after it adopted social engineering formula.
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