Days after Bahujan Samaj Occasion (BSP) chief Mayawati dug out the notorious 1995 guest house incident, 27 years after it had occurred in Lucknow, holding it answerable for the SP-BSP alliance first fashioned in 1993 coming unstuck, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) has tasked its SC/ST wing to join with Dalits by reminding them how BJP had saved Maya from being focused by a mob, comprising SP cadre.
In 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Maya had briefly patched up with the SP, sharing the stage with SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, whom she as soon as held mainly answerable for the assault on her. Maya had additionally subsequently withdrawn the guest house case towards Mulayam.
However, now after dropping lots of her leaders to SP and alarmed by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s recent try to woo Dalits by unveiling the statue of BSP mentor Kanshiram at a operate organised by her former aide and distinguished OBC chief Swami Prasad Maurya, Maya has chosen to refresh reminiscences of the notorious incident that had occurred after she had withdrawn assist to the Mulayam authorities.
Fast to seize on the chance, the BJP has now tasked its SC/ST wing to join with Dalits and to inform them how BJP had saved Mayawati from being assaulted by a mob comprising Samajwadi Occasion individuals when she was holed up contained in the state guest house in Lucknow in 1995 after withdrawing assist to the then Mulayam Singh Yadav authorities.
Political specialists felt that the BJP transfer is geared toward connecting with an estimated 21 % Dalit voters in UP by reminding them that it was the BJP that not solely saved Mayawati in 1995 but in addition helped her in changing into the chief minister by extending assist to her social gathering.
The BJP has introduced launch of social justice week from April 6, its Founders’ Day — until April 14, the beginning anniversary of Dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar, who was the chairman of the drafting committee which performed a key position in shaping the Structure. The social gathering may also have a good time different essential days related to Dalit icons after which launch one other marketing campaign to replay sequences that led to the ‘guest house incident’ and the way BJP had saved the previous chief minister who often refers to herself as ‘Dalit ki Beti (daughter of a dalit).’
“From April 14 to Might 5, we’ll maintain conferences and seminars in all 75 districts and join with the neighborhood, telling them how SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s current Dalit love is a sham and the way it was BJP chief Brahmadutt Dwivedi who saved Mayawati from SP goons,” mentioned Ram Chandra Kanojia, head of the BJP’s SC/ST wing. Among the many Dalits, Jatavs, a Dalit subcaste to which Maya belongs, is probably the most dominant and BJP may also discuss in regards to the incident amongst them, social gathering leaders admitted.
On Monday, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had unveiled a statue of BSP founder Kanshiram to sign his social gathering’s intent to woo dalits, who together with non-Yadav OBCs, have been the mainstay of the BJP’s phenomenal wins in UP since 2014.
The SP has additionally introduced that it’ll observe April 13 – the dying anniversary of former Bihar chief minister BP Mandal who chaired the Mandal Fee which advocated reservation for dalits and OBCs – by holding features throughout the state and maintain conferences to focus on social justice and want for a caste census. The SP may also maintain a operate on Ambedkar’s beginning anniversary.
Reacting to BJP’s plan to take up the guest house incident, SP basic secretary Swami Prasad Maurya mentioned, “What good will digging up the previous do? Furthermore, when behenji herself closed the chapter by withdrawing the case and sharing the stage with SP leaders, BJP’s feeble makes an attempt to achieve sympathy and political mileage gained’t assist.”
He mentioned, “The BJP social justice marketing campaign will likely be a flop except it might probably reveal that it treats Dalits and OBCs at par with others and to show their sincerity they need to announce Bharat Ratna for Kanshiram and Mulayam Singh Yadav.”
The Congress too is eyeing Dalit votes. For the primary time in its historical past, the social gathering has Dalit leaders heading the social gathering on the nationwide degree and in Uttar Pradesh.