BSP plans to capitalise on Behanji?s ?harassment?
EVEN AS the Supreme Court cleared the decks for the trial of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) national president Mayawati in the Taj Heritage Corridor case, BSP leaders in Lucknow were busy chalking out the strategy to draw political mileage out of the issue.india Updated: Nov 28, 2006 01:40 IST
EVEN AS the Supreme Court cleared the decks for the trial of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) national president Mayawati in the Taj Heritage Corridor case, BSP leaders in Lucknow were busy chalking out the strategy to draw political mileage out of the issue.
“We would tell our supporters that ‘behanji’ (Mayawati) was being unnecessarily harassed”, said a BSP leader adding that “Mayawati was not the main accused in the case and her name was included by her political rivals to corner the BSP”.
“If the CBI files the chargesheet before the Vidhan Sabha election then the BSP would try to cash in on the issue. The party would try to project that the leader of the Dalits was being penalised though she was not involved in the scam”, he said.
The BSP has already planned to launch an anti-Congress and anti-Samajwadi Party movement from November 30, which the party has termed as ‘dhikkar diwas’. The BSP has directed its worker to organise rallies, dharna and burn the effigy of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav at all the district headquarters.
Mayawati had directed the party leaders and workers to launch a movement against the Congress and the Samajwadi Party to protest failure of their governments to declare national and state mourning after the death of BSP founder Kanshi Ram. The indifferent attitude of the Centre and the state governments towards Kanshi Ram had hurt the sentiments of the followers of Kanshi Ram, she said.
A meeting of the party election coordinators was held on Monday to discuss the strategy of the movement. BSP leaders said that along with organising ‘dhikkar diwas’ they would also rake up the issue of Taj Heritage Corridor scam. “All the political parties have ganged up against Mayawati to check the growing influence of the BSP”, they said.
Though Mayawati would not be present during the launch of the ‘dhikkar diwas’ programme, she had directed all the senior party leaders to move into the districts and take command of the movement in their hand. “She is reviewing the preparations for the movement regularly and we are informing her about the tactics being adopted by the party in various regions including Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, West and Central Uttar Pradesh”, they said.
National general secretary of the party Naseemuddin Siddiqui will be present at Agra, leader of the party in Vidhan Sabha Swami Prasad Maurya will be present in Rae Bareli.
First Published: Nov 28, 2006 01:40 IST