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BSP opens arms to welcome all

?BHAICHARA? (BROTHERHOOD) of the Bahujan Samaj Party will not be confined to Brahmin- Dalit unity. With an eye on the coming Vidhan Sabha election, BSP supremo Mayawati plans to bring other castes and communities into the BSP fold too.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 01:40 IST

Eyes Vaishyas, Muslims

‘BHAICHARA’ (BROTHERHOOD) of the Bahujan Samaj Party will not be confined to Brahmin- Dalit unity. With an eye on the coming Vidhan Sabha election, BSP supremo Mayawati plans to bring other castes and communities into the BSP fold too.

A meeting of caste coordinators was held under the chairmanship of Mayawati on Monday in the party office. Coordinators were assigned the task to spread the message of ‘jaati samaj jodo’ among their caste brethren.

Caste coordinators were directed to focus on social front-runners like Kayastha, Rajput, backward castes including Yadav, Kurmi, extremely backward castes and Dalits including Paasi, Rajbhar, Nishad, Maurya, Bind, etc.

In view of the Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s focus on Muslims, Mayawati has her own strategy to win over the minorities to BSP. Community coordinators were directed to organise regular meetings in Muslim-dominated areas and to enlighten members of the community about measures taken by the BSP government for welfare of Muslims.

With the traders’ community playing vital role in deciding the fate of the candidates on large number of Vidhan Sabha seats, the coordinators entrusted with the task of wooing the community were directed to organise regular rallies and meetings in the Vaishya-dominated areas.

“Coordinators should inform members of the trading community that they would not be harassed and several schemes for their welfare would be launched when BSP comes to power”, Mayawati said.

Mayawati will review the working of the caste coordinators in the next meeting scheduled on August 10. The coordinators will present their report card about how many members of their community joined BSP.

“The Brahmin-Dalit combination has already sent ripples of worry across the rival camps; if backward and extremely backward castes extended support to the BSP, we would definitely increase our strength in the Vidhan Sabha”, a BSP leader said.

According to party sources, a meeting of the MPs, MLAs, MLCs, District Presidents and other leaders will be held under the chairmanship of Mayawati on July 13.