THEY CAME in different hues and colour from all corners of the State. Some had their foreheads smeared with a dash of sandalwood but proudly waved blue flags. With the flags fluttering in their hands, they shouted: “Brahmano ki yahi pukar, behanji (Mayawati) chauthi bar” (Brahmins have decided that they will make Mayawati Chief Minister for the fourth time).
A large crowd of Brahmins thronged the BSP office located on the Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg to attend the meeting of the ‘Bhai-chara banao’ committee. They jostled with each other to have a glimpse of Mayawati. Maya in her latest ‘avatar’ is the saviour of the Brahmin community.
As the crowd raised slogans, she wooed and cajoled them. “Rival political parties tried to create differences between Dalits and Brahmins,” she said. For now, ‘tilak, tarazu and talwar enko maro jute chaar’ is passe. SC Mishra, whom the Brahmins called the modern day Chanakya, gave the new slogan ‘Tilak, tarazu aur talwar saab ho gain haathi par sawar’.
One after another, top Brahmin leaders exhorted their brethrens to raise slogans for Mayawati. While some said, “Brahmano ne thana hai, BSP ko purn bahumat se lana hai”. Others cried, ‘Behenji sangharsh karo, brahmin samaj apke saath hai’. Still some shouted, ‘Brahman ko diya samaan Mayawati hai mahan’.
Mayawati told them that she was modern ‘Krishna’ born to end the rule of modern Kansh (Mulayam).
The portraits Narayan Guru, Ramasami Naicker, Jyotiba Phule, Periyar, who had launched anti-Brahmin movements, were missing even as Brahmin leaders paid tribute to Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram. In-charge of the ‘Bhaichara banao’ committee SC Mishra recounted how the Brahmin sammelan organised in various parts of the State drew large crowd.
BSP MP from Unnao Brajesh Pathak alleged that Congress and BJP had cheated Brahmin. “Now we have decided to uphold the blue flag,” he said. Former minister Ramvir Upadhyay said, “Behanji has honoured Brahmins. She has given them important party posts”.
Another Brahmin leader Om Prakash Tripathi said, “Brahmins have played significant role in the development of the country. Later, political parties marginalized them. But now the BSP has given them a new hope by brining them in the mainstream of the politics”.
The bard Shivakant Bajpai, who recited one of his compositions, told the gathering, “Bahujan ke saath milker nayi kranti lana hai” (Brahmin and Dalit combination will pave way for new revolution).