LESSON 50 It was the UPA government, which had rejected
her demand for a 80,000-crore development package which forced her
party to withdraw support to the alliance,” Mayawati
Mayawati says a ‘Aboriginal Inhabitant of jambudvipa, that is, the
Great Prabuddha (Scheduled Caste)’s daughter’ should be made next PM
RAMAIPUR - Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati on Saturday said a ‘Mayawati says a ‘Aboriginal
Inhabitant of jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha (Scheduled
Caste)’s daughter’ should be made the Prime Minister of the country.
Mayawati further said an Aboriginal Inhabitant of Jambudvipa, that
is, the Great Prabuddha (Scheduled Caste) Prime Minister would ensure
the upliftment of the backward and minority communities in the country.
“If you make an Aboriginal Inhabitant of jambudvipa, that is, the
Great Prabuddha (Scheduled Caste)’s daughter the Prime Minister, then
UP will be famous in the entire world. If the BSP comes to power at the
Centre, UP will occupy a special place,” Mayawati said at an election
The UP Chief Minister also asked people to vote for her party to ensure state’s development.
“Unless the BSP government is in power both at the Centre and the
state, the country and Uttar Pradesh will not progress,” she added.
Mayawati also criticized Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for criticizing her government’s track-record on development.
“The Prime Minister is not at fault. He will speak what the Congress leaders will tell him to say,” she added.
The BSP supremo further said the Congress party was nervous about the growing support base of her party.
“The Congress is very nervous about the growing support base of the
Bahujan Samaj Party and therefore its leaders are resorting to giving
misleading statements. It was the UPA government, which had rejected
her demand for a 80,000-crore development package which forced her
party to withdraw support to the alliance,” Mayawati added.
The Significance of Uttar Pradesh
EC issues notice to Congress leader Digvijay Singh for violating Model Code
New Delhi, Apr.25 (ANI): The Election Commission of India on Saturday issued a notice to senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh for violating the Model Code of Conduct.
The commission’s notice said that Singh would need to explain his adverse comments against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.
Mayawati is said to have lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister for seeking to invoke the use of the Central Bureau Investigation to warn her ruling Bahujan Samaj Party against harassing Congress workers in Uttar Pradesh.
Singh’s threat was issued at an election rally in
Hardoi, Central UP, and invited an immediate reaction from Mayawati and
the BJP, which has been accusing Congress of devaluing crucial institutions such as the Election Commission, CBI and the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The Opposition saw Singh’s remarks as a vindication of its stand
that CBI had become a mere tool in the hands of the principal ruling
party to harass its political opponents.
Singh warned the BSP leadership against harassing state Congress leaders.
“I am challenging and warning the BSP leadership against victimising
our party workers. Mayawati should not harass our party members as she
has a CBI case pending against her and when we form the next government
she will be in trouble,” he told the rally.
Singh’s remarks had his party colleagues scurrying for cover, but BSP and BJP pounced on them to corner Congress.
Mayawati, while addressing newspersons in Lucknow, spoke about how
CBI was being used to threaten h
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Read this article and the comments,
I have been having a good discussion with the author of the article from
Wall street Journal.
Thanks for the comments Sashikanth — very interesting. I agree; I
think a lot of what is driving her now is a longer term goal for power
at the Center. It doesn’t appear that the BSP has done a great job so
far of broadening its base beyond UP, which surely it would need to
have real clout in parliament. But its testament to Mayawati’s
political skills that she is considered such a national figure
nonetheless. best, Paul Beckett
My father and I are very active workers of BSP, we attend their
cadre camps.I do not totally agree that BSP is not expanding the base
outside UP. You must understand that BSP is a very young party, it takes
time and money to spread across the country. BSP has to fight a lot of
odds to spread the parties message, it is still considered a SC/ST
party and with that comes a lot of stigma.
You will have to see it to believe the dedication the workers have
in promoting BSP. I think media in Indian has blocked all the good news
about BSP and Mayawati, and I think it is due the caste mindset of our
I don’t know about Hindi language media, I am not a Hindi speaking person. But
certainly I know the English media is biased. A simple test is to
search for BSP/Mayawati news in Google News and see the number of hits
you get. Most of them will be negative news or even if it is positive
news the tone will be negative. There are a very few journalists in
India who cover BSP without any bias.
As you know these days there is a trend of Journalists throwing
shoes at the politicians, other day my father was so frustrated with
the media, he was saying one day he will throw shoes at the journalists
? (no offense to you) I think you should write an article on the Media and election
coverage. What I see these days each media house has its own favorite
party. This is evident in the exit polls these media houses publish. As
an example, no single media got last time UP election right, they had
no clue BSP will win absolute majority. Andrew Torchia wrote:
From what I can understand the whole process of
voting in India works on bias. Brahmins vote brahmins to power, Muslims
vote for muslims, dalits vote dalits, and so on. Where politics is not
elitist, its caste based.
Mayawati’s rise to power has been on a
giant tidal wave of dalit awakening. She rode the wave her mentor
Kanshi Ram built over many years. Granted other local media has biases
and is sometimes unfairly harsh on Mayawati, but her term as chief
minister of UP has supplied enough to fuel the media machine. Are those
mega parks and statues across Lucknow meant to reducing poverty? or are
they aimed at fixing the countless wrongs done to dalits over
And that 20-page
appeal-for-votes-in-lieu-of-a-manifesto BSP has. Sashikanth, how
exactly does an average, educated middle-class man like me read this:
“Our party wants growth of capital, not development of capitalists in
the country”. And what does that mean anyway?
Not only does the
party lack a clear sense of direction about which way they want to
steer the economy, they aren’t even thinking about it. Not to mention
the non existence of credible second- and third-rung leadership in the
party, which has had sufficient exposure (in any form) to the corridors
of power in New Delhi.
Beyond all this the only thing that I
can think that makes Mayawati eligible to become PM now is raw
ambition. And she is not alone there. Lalu Yadav (who did an admirable
job as railway minister), another son of the soil Mulayam Singh Yadav,
and the wily Sharad Pawar, not only match her ambition but also have
far greater experience in dealing with coalitions.
likely BSP may be polling more votes and winning more seats this
election. Mayawati may well have the ambition of being PM and her party
may well corner most of the 80 seats in U.P. But prime minister in
2009? Tough - for a variety of reasons.
- Satish Sarangarajan, Staff Reporter, Dow Jones Newswires
How many political parties in India who have manifesto actually
implement it? Zero. BSP does not believe in manifestos, now coming to
the statement “Our party wants growth of capital, not development of
capitalists in the country”. How hard is to understand this? BSP wants
all the people to become productive and increase the overall capital of
the nation not just a few capitalist in the country. We are talking
growing the entire nation bottom up. One of the single most problem our country has is castesim and
the only party which is striving to remove casteism is BSP. This may
sound funny but think for one moment, in the last 62 years we have had
small sect of the society which ruled every branch of government and
media and rest were just a silent bystanders. Now BSP comes and says
you will have representation based on your population, that means
everyone feels equal in this system. One may argue, what about merit. I
say compare the country before mandal commission(reservation on OBC)
and after it, you will notice the country is fairing much better after.
Merit in India is a misnomer, the so called upper castes had their own
unwritten reservation, now that cease to exist, thanks to BSP, Mayawati
and all the other SC/ST leaders.
I agree may not become PM in 2009, but she will become PM in her lifetime.
Andrew/Satish/Sashikanth: on casteism and its grip on the Indian
electorate, where do you see space for politicians to ditch that and run
on a ticket of economic development (for all) and a clean chit when it
comes to corruption? we’ve tried to reflect in our election coverage so
far a couple of themes: 1. in a story by peter wonacott recently that
showed how economic development in Bihar was resonating with voters and
was bringing some genuine increased prosperity (admittedly not much) to
the lowest of the low, at the expense of the likes of lalu and 2. that
the “reform” candidates in this election are actually having a very
hard time getting heard because they don’t have the political machines
and (lets face it) often rather corrupt approach to attracting voters
that better-established parties do. I’m wondering if these two are just
counter-forces working against each other in this election and that in
another five years development will be more prominent as an issue AND
reform candidates will be more popular or whether this is another
oxymoron we live with in India?
Paul, you must understand that money without self respect is of no use.
In India every aspect of human interaction is based on caste. You may
not observe (key word is observe that does not mean it does not exist)
this in metros and small towns, but in majority of India commerce is
based on caste. So for any politician to ignore caste is like to ignore
big elephant in the room.
I live in the US and I am a knee observer of politics here. Even
though people may compare Blacks and SC/STs from US and India, I think
they are not the same. Even now after being in the states for over 10
years with a master’s degree, I feel Indian will judge me based on my
caste than my merit if they come to know which I caste I belong too. Many of my friends do not know my caste because I am a
vegetarian. The discussions they have about SC/STs is a pure racists
slur. If people who are educated can have such opinions, what would you
expect from people who are not educated?
Most of these so called corruption charges as political
fabrication. Let us take Ms.Mayawati’s Taj corridor scam. This whole
project was started by the BJP govt. in the central and she is help
responsible for it. Ms. Mayawati needs money to run the party. She
gives tickets to people who have the money to run for the office,
people call it selling the ticket. People collect money and send it to
Ms. Mayawati and she pays tax for it, but she has been charged with
“unknown source of income”. I think Ms. Mayawati is the reform candidate you are talking
about. She has found the root cause of the problem and is trying to
eliminate it. She talks about caste system in politics, where as all
the major parties have been practicing for last 62 years. Now that she
is opened the can of worms, I am sure we will have a day when people
will be voting for a party that talks about development not based on
the which caste you were born in to.
If you look at the most of the “reform” candidates they are trying
to import a solution from a different country to solve the problem they
do not address. That is the main reason they will not get the backing.
Sashikanth, Obviously, you are a BSP partisan hack. Please stop
smoking whatever you are smoking and get back to your senses. Casteism
in India is pretty much the same as being catholic, Lutherian, Baptist
and so on in US. People are curious and prefer to marry their children
to the same caste and that is pretty much it and there is nothing wrong
with it, even though I wish it was not (and it is the case in large
cities anyway). India has progressed over the last 60 years..please
keep up with it. It is people like Mayavati who choose to express their
caste because she has no other talent to get elected and it sad to see
an educated person like yourself not see such obvious things. Nothing
good will come out by having her be the PM except that she will
continue to become richer and UP will continue to be one of the poorest
state in India.