Mayawati woos upper castes ahead of LS polls
Lucknow: With an eye on upper caste vote bank, BSP chief Mayawati announced names of 36 candidates for Lok Sabha polls, 18 of whom are Brahmins.
Seeking to exploit the upper caste card to the hilt, she alleged atrocities were being committed on such people during the Samajwadi Party rule in Uttar Pradesh. “Just as Dalits are facing onslaughts, atrocities are being committed on Brahmins too under the Samajwadi Party government,” Mayawati told reporters on the sidelines of Brahmin Bhaichara Samiti office bearers’ meeting here.
Citing the instance of humiliation to a Brahmin family in Etawah, she said most of those in the echelons of power in the SP government came from that district and it was a well-known fact that people belonging to ‘sarv samaj’ (the entire society) are harassed there. “But Brahmins bear the maximum brunt of atrocities in Etawah...when the incident (of humiliation) took place, BSP raised the matter in the Assembly. Besides, its local unit tried to take up the issue and help them get justice,” she said.
Mayawati regretted that during the last Assembly polls, the upper castes and Brahmins got influenced by non-BSP parties and did not vote for her party, “for which they are now repenting“.