After the Dalit-Brahmins tie-up during the first phase, the BSP has embarked on mission 'Jatav-Muslim' for the crucial second and third phases of the state assembly elections. The party has been distributing appeal of the Mayawati in western UP and Roohelkhand, which have dominant presence of Muslim community.
Even though BSP lacks prominent Muslim faces, like in Samajwadi Party, the party has been quietly trying to approach through local leaders in the minority community. The BSP general secretary Nasimuddin Siddique had been working in entire western UP for the last one year. “Muslims are favourably inclined towards BSP”, Siddique told
The party has veered round to the view that Dalit-Brahmin-Muslim tie-up could become unassailable electoral combination in the state. The party in order to reach out to Muslims has now focused on highlighting “SP-BJP” nexus.
Mayawati has gone to the community with the claim that while during her 15-month regime BJP’s base had crumbled considerably, the saffron brigade got boost under the present dispensation because of the its hobnobbing with ruling alliance. Siddique has been provided helicopter to hop around in Muslim-dominated western UP with her message.
With 18.50 per cent Muslims playing vital role in UP electoral battle the BSP has fielded 61 Muslim candidates and most of them are in Rampur, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Bijnaur, JP Nagar, Barielly, Pilibhit and Badaun. Jatav-Muslims combined percentage vary from 34 to 66 in this region.
According to census 2001 the two communities together form 60 per cent population in Saharanpur, 51.05 Muzaffarnagar, 62 Binjanur, 66 Moradabad, 56 JP Nagar, 62 Rampur, 46 Barielly, 38 Pilibhit, 39 Badaun, 41 Bulandshahr, 50 Meerut and 34 Baghpat. For the first time the BSP has thus been making determined efforts to disrupt Jat-Muslim combination of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). The RLD had been thriving on this combination during the last few elections.
Since the Congress, through Rahul Gandhi, has also been concentrating in western UP, Mayawati’s appeal has also targeted him for his controversial Babri Masjid statement. Terming his statement as 'crocodile tears' Mayawati said Rahul either did not know the history or had been trying to mislead the community for electoral gains.
She said the attitude of the Nehru-Gandhi in Babri Masjid dispute had been flawed. She said the Congress by opening the locks of the mosque turned it into being religious controversy, which was later cashed in on by BJP and SP.