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BSP to field 20 Brahmin candidates

K.V. Subramanya

The party will go it alone in all the 224 Assembly constituencies

Mayawati to hold meeting today to finalise candidates’ list

Dalit-Brahmin combination worked wonders

in Uttar Pradesh polls

BANGALORE: Contrary to popular perception that it is a party of the Dalits, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to field non-SC/ST candidates in 75 per cent of the constituencies in the Assembly elections.

With the SC/ST-Brahmin combination working wonders for it in the recent Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the BSP is all set to adopt a similar strategy in Karnataka too. BSP chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati will hold a meeting with party leaders from Karnataka in New Delhi on Wednesday to finalise the list of candidates and discuss the poll strategy.


The list of candidates for the constituencies that go to polls in the first phase on May 10 will be announced before April 11, BSP State president Marasandra Muniyappa told The Hindu here on Tuesday.

The party is firm on contesting on its own in all the 224 constituencies. It will not enter into alliance with any party. “The Congress tried to strike an alliance with us. But we did not agree,” Mr. Muniyappa said.


Party ticket


The BSP would field Brahmin candidates in 20 constituencies. “I am sure that no other party will issue ticket to so many candidates from the Brahmin community. Like the SC/STs, the Brahmins too have been ‘used and dumped’ by political parties,” he said.


To ensure that all castes and communities got fair representation, the BSP would earmark 30 per cent of the seats for Lingayats and Vokkaligas, 37 per cent for Other Backward Classes, 23 per cent for SC/STs and 12 per cent for Muslims, Mr. Muniyappa said. “We are trying to bring in an understanding between the ‘upper’ and the ‘lower’ castes,” he said.


Referring to the party’s strength in Karnataka, Mr. Muniyappa said the BSP had a strong presence in all the districts except Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.


The BSP had held public meetings in 23 of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State. It had received good response from all sections of society, he said.

Mr. Muniyappa said that nearly 3,000 people from the Brahmin community had recently joined the party in Karwar. Mr. Muniyappa said that the BSP’s poll prospects would not be affected in any way because of its former State president B. Gopal joining the Congress. Leaders from other political parties would soon join the BSP, he said.


Impact on results


Although the BSP did not win a single seat in the 2004 Assembly elections, it made a serious impact on the results in several constituencies.


The party garnered sizeable SC/ST votes, and this resulted in the defeat of Congress candidates in nearly two dozen constituencies.


The BSP, however, managed to win some seats during the recent elections to urban local bodies. The BSP opened its account in the Legislative Assembly when its candidate, Syed Zulfikar Hashmi, won the 1994 elections from Bidar. However, Mr. Hashmi’s victory was mainly because of his clout and the then political situation in Bidar.


Mayawati renews attack on Congress, Centre

Special Correspondent


LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday renewed her attack on the Congress and said the Union Budget for 2008-09 had completely ignored the development needs of her State.

Addressing an election meeting at Bardahi Bazar in Karnailganj Assembly constituency in support of the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate, the Chief Minister appealed to the electorate to wreak vengeance on the Congress. She blamed the Congress for State’s backwardness. By ignoring the State’s demand for a Rs.80,000-crore package, UP had been pushed back on the development ladder, she charged.

The Chief Minister said separate packages for health, power, water and employment had also not approved by the Central Government, and nor had funds been allotted for the State’s development.

Stating that despite the resource crunch the development initiative had not been abandoned by her Government, Ms. Mayawati added that integrated development of over one lakh revenue villages would be undertaken under the Ambedkar Rural Integrated Development Scheme.


The Chief Minister said separate letters had been sent to the UPA Government for inclusion of 13 Most Backward Classes in the list of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and on the trifurcation of the State.


The Chief Minister rejected the accusation that her government had targeted the criminals belonging to a particular caste. Had it been the case, then former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh would have been behind bars, she remarked.


She charged the Samajwadi Party with involvement in the “conspiracy” to dismantle the Ambedkar Park. Assembly by-elections in Karnailganj (Gonda district), Muradnagar and Bilgram are slated for April 12.


BSP to try its hand in Maha


New Delhi, April 8: The Bahujan Samaj Party now wants to set its sights on Maharashtra, which currently has a fluid political situation, to try out its successful social engineering formula of “sarvjan samaj” which it tested in Uttar Pradesh.

Senior party leader and Rajya Sabha member Ambeth Rajan said on Tuesday, “BSP supremo Mayawati’s growing popularity can be felt in the state, where parties like the Shiv Sena have started promoting their dalit cadres to hold significant posts.”

He said that even parties with dalit support base are now showing indications of tying up with “non-secular” parties in Maharashtra.

“The Republican Party of India (RPI) is a divided house in Maharashtra with several factions. It is our duty to set the house in order. We need to unite the backward communities first,” Mr Rajan said. The RPI has been the traditional dalit party in Maharashtra but its several factions has made it ineffective, feel political experts.

The party leader said that the BSP is taking each community at a time and concentrating on those belonging to the Scheduled Castes first.

This process, he said, would be conducted in a phased manner at the national level as the party wants to have a pan-India presence.

Student to pay costs for getting admission on rejected ST certificate

J. Venkatesan

If he fails to pay, government may recall engineering degree

He should not seek further benefit on ST claim

He can’t retain financial benefits extended by State

New Delhi: Taking a serious view of a student obtaining an engineering degree by producing a rejected ST certificate, the Supreme Court has directed him to pay the Maharashtra government expenses it incurred towards his fee, scholarship or any other concession.

He was permitted to pursue the course under the ST quota on Bombay High Court directions, a Bench consisting of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice R.V. Raveendran pointed out. It asked the State to calculate the expenses and raise a demand for payment. If he failed to pay the dues within six months, the government might recall his degree. “If no amount is found due or if the amount determined and demanded is paid by the appellant, he may be permitted to retain the degree.”

Writing the judgment, the Chief Justice said: “There may be cases where it will not be proper to permit the student to retain the degree obtained by making a false claim. One example is where candidates secure seats by producing forged or fake caste certificates. There may be cases, where knowing full well that they do not belong to the ST/SC, candidates may make a false claim that they belong to an ST/SC. There may also be cases where even before the date of admission, caste certificates might have been invalidated on verification by a scrutiny committee.”

In this case, there was no allegation that the appellant forged or faked the caste certificate. As he was admitted to the engineering degree nearly 13 years ago, he should be permitted to retain his certificate on condition that he would not seek any further benefit by claiming that belonged to a Scheduled Tribe. Further, he could not retain the financial benefits extended by the State by way of expenses incurred for his professional degree, the Bench said.

Yogesh Ramachandra Naikwadi sought admission claiming that he belonged to Mahadeo Kol, an ST. The scrutiny committee rejected his claim in March 1995. However, the High Court by an interim order directed the State to admit him under the ST quota. But in March 2006, it asked the State to recall his degree. He filed the present appeal against this judgment.

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