After wooing Tilak (Brahmins) the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has now targeted Tarazu (Vaishya) to widen its base in the state. The party dumping aside its old casteist slogan Tilak, Tarazu aur Talwar… has been making efforts to reach out to every community.
The party chief Mayawati on Thursday promised full security to Vaishya community from Mafiosi if it was voted back to power. She said anti-BSP forces had coined the slogan to defame the party.
Addressing Vaishya conference here on Thursday Mayawati called upon the community to strengthen the party for its own protection. The BSP chief said that under the Samajawadi Party rule the trading community had been largely at receiving end because of rising crime and collection of “goonda tax” (extortion).
Mayawati asked the trading community to shake off fear and unitedly fight against extortionists under the banner of BSP. She said the ever since the Brahmin community had aligned with the BSP it had been felling safe because the weaker section had come to its defence.
Mayawati said during the last three years the BJP had done nothing for the protection of Brahmins and Vaishya. She said it has exposed the real face of the BJP.
Asserting that the party was committed to the welfare of every section, Mayawati said the trading community should not hesitate in alliance with the BSP.
Mayawati expressed satisfaction over inclination of younger generation towards the party. She said Vaishya community could get political empowerment by joining the party. She also favoured reservation to minority community in government jobs.
Mayawati assuring the community of providing safe environment for business said criminals had left the state during her regime in the past also.
She said in the absence of BSP from the fray in recent local bodies election some parties had been making tall claims about improvement in their strength. They would be exposed in assembly polls, she quipped.
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