Mayawati eyes power, sounds poll bugle
Aiming to head the next government in New Delhi, UP CM woos Dalits and other sections of society in a rally.delhi Updated: Feb 24, 2008 22:33 IST
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday called for reservation for Dalits and backward classes in the private sector at a large rally at the Ramlila grounds organised in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections in Delhi.
Saying that the private sector was expanding at a fast pace, she added that hers was the only state government that had declared reservation in the private sector. She said her government in Uttar Pradesh would rope in only those companies in government projects that will give due share of jobs to Dalits and other backward classes. Only such companies will be eligible for land allotment, she said.
She also demanded reservation for Dalits amongst Muslims and Christians. Though she refrained from making caustic remarks about Congress, she made general criticisms against the BJP and Congress for their pro-rich policies since Independence.
The massive rally was held amid tight security. The Ranjit Singh flyover and other roads leading to the rally venue were closed for traffic.
The rally was attended by thousands of people from villages, jhuggi colonies and rehabilitation colonies. Many people could not enter the Ramlila Grounds because of the huge crowd that had gathered there. They arrived in trucks and buses to attend the rally. Party flags and colourful banners were put up all over the place.
Pradesh BSP General Secretary Kanwar Singh Tanwar came with his supporters from Chattarpur area. Some of his supporters said Mayawati's speeches in Rajasthan supporting reservation for Gurjars had won them over.
Babarpur area BSP convener Kailash Jain also took part in the rally.