Mayawati woos Brahmins, again
Chief minister Mayawati on Sunday sought to revive and consolidate the Dalit-Brahmin social alliance, her project that proved beneficial to her party in the assembly elections of 2007.lucknow Updated: Nov 13, 2011 20:36 IST
Chief minister Mayawati on Sunday sought to revive and consolidate the Dalit-Brahmin social alliance, her project that proved beneficial to her party in the assembly elections of 2007.
Elections to the UP assembly will take place by May 2012.
Confident that the Dalits were firmly behind the BSP, Mayawati's party, she told a Brahmin workers' conference: "The four and a half years of BSP rule has been able to remove the misconception that the (party) is against upper castes or is a Dalit-based party."
"The state government was concerned about the welfare of the upper castes (also)," Mayawati said, adding, "when the BSP came to power in 2007, I wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, demanding reservation in government jobs for the economically weak and unemployed among upper castes."
In the process, Mayawati tried to play up the traditional Brahmin-Rajput rivalry (though both upper castes).
"The Congress has decided to make national general secretary Digvijaya Singh chief minister if it comes to power in UP. On the other hand, the BJP has decided to project Rajnath Singh as its chief ministerial candidate. The Brahmins are not going to benefit under the rule of the Congress or BJP, rather you will be exploited by the other castes," she said.
"To misguide the Brahmin community, rival political parties might project a Brahmin leader as its chief ministerial candidate," she said.
The upper castes of UP constitute around 15% of the voter base. To ensure their support, Mayawati has directed party leaders to organise cadre camps in all the assembly segments (403).