BAHUJAN SAMAJ Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati today called upon party office-bearers from five states to be fully prepared for a mid-term poll to the Lok Sabha and gave them a three-point agenda to fulfil within a year as a preparatory move.
She asked them to expand BSP’s mass base, constitute polling booth-level committees and nurture three potential candidates of different castes from each Lok Sabha constituency within a year.
Addressing a huge gathering of office-bearers from five states – MP, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Orissa — at the TT Nagar Dussehra Maidan here, Mayawati said that the UPA Government has become totally unstable owing to escalating prices. UPA constituents and parties supporting the Government from outside are likely to withdraw support any time, she claimed.
She claimed that the BSP is the only party that can frame strong policies to wipe out inflation, poverty and unemployment from the country, because it does not seek monetary support from industrialists and capitalists to run the organisation or contest elections.
On reservation, the BSP national president said that none of the parties, including Congress, is sincere about the issue. She charged the Congress with conspiring to make such moves that would keep implementation of the 27 per cent reservation of OBCs on the hold.
Also, quotas for SCs and STs in most of the government departments across the country are not filled up and the quota is not being increased in proportion with increase in population of the backward class, she decried. She made it clear that BSP does not discriminate on basis of caste and religion and anyone including the upper class people with ‘suitable mentality’ (non-Manuwadi attitude) is welcome in the folds of the party. She asked the office-bearers to ensure that all the willing people are involved in the party activities.
“If you want your behenji (referring to herself) to become not only CM but the PM, you would have to make sincere efforts of strengthening the party at grassroots and that too within a year,” she called amidst loud cheers of the office-bearers.
A booklet sending out warning to the OBCs to be wary of the reservation policies of the UPA Government and giving the ‘truth’ of its intentions was distributed among party functionaries with an instruction from Mayawati to use the booklet to spread the message among common people.
Also, the state coordinators who would help in strengthening the organisation of the party in the five states were introduced to the office-bearers. MLC from UP, Rajaram, has been made the coordinator of Madhya Pradesh. Banwari Babu, who was looking after the work till now, would be shifted to Andhra Pradesh, she said.
The coordinators held separate meetings of the functionaries from respective states after Mayawati’s address.
1 A huge number of party office-bearers and workers, at least 10,000 in number, gathered at the TT Nagar Dussehra Maidan for the convention. The convention venue had the look and feel of a fair with a number of temporary stalls of eatables being set up. People kept milling about them to purchase roasted corns, mashed grams (chana jor garam), fruits and other eatables.
2 The City streets and the places around the venue of convention remained abuzz with the BSP workers right from the morning. They kept pouring in into the venue even till the 1.15-hour-long address of Mayawati was drawing to a close.
3 The arrangements at the venue were impeccable with huge and strong looking waterproof tents set up for the convention. Though there was a huge gathering, it remained very disciplined under the watchful eyes of the personnel of ‘Bahujan Volunteer Force’.
4 The arrangements drew applauds for the MP unit from Mayawati herself, who asked the office-bearers from other states to take note and make similar arrangements when time arises.