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BSP?s woo-Brahmin drive irks BJP

india Updated: Sep 20, 2006 01:19 IST
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THE BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) think tanks are nowadays burning the midnight oil to find ways to counter the ongoing ‘woo-Brahmin’ campaign of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

The BSP has so far organised a dozen ‘Brahmin sammelans’ in different parts of the State. These have been held under the leadership of former advocate general and BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra. The apparent success of the sammelans is a cause of concern in the State BJP.

The BJP has chalked a strategy to counter the BSP move. As per the plan, Brahmin leaders in the party would be assigned responsibility to ensure that BJP does not lose its Brahmin vote bank.

Although State BJP president Keshari Nath Tripathi is a Brahmin, his clout among the Brahmins is in selected areas in and around Allahabad.

BJP sources said that the party has now decided to bank on Rajya Sabha member and former State BJP president Kalraj Mishra to strengthen the Brahmin factor. This despite Kalraj not involved in State politics for a long time. Mishra is now in-charge of Rajasthan affairs and spends most of his time there to strengthen the party.

Along with Keshari Nath Tripathi and other Brahmin leaders, Kalraj will be called for hectic campaigning, particularly in Brahmin-dominated assembly constituencies. Special literature would be prepared to highlight that Brahmins were ignored in the State in the Mulayam regime. The overall responsibility for wooing Brahmins is likely to be given to Kalraj, informed a senior BJP leader.

Enough information has been gathered through observers, who were sent specially in Brahmin-dominated areas, and the same was being analyzed before taking a decision on the party candidates in the constituencies where Brahmins play a decisive role. The Brahmin factor may force the party to change its nominees in certain constituencies and field only Brahmin candidates.

While admitting that the party was taking precautionary measures to counter the BSP efforts to woo Brahmins, State BJP president denied that BSP move was affecting BJP. He claimed thousands of people belonging to other castes were being mobilised to attend the so-called Brahmin conferences while a few ‘genuine’ Brahmins could be identified and recognised at such conferences.