CM showering praise on Dalits
16 Mar 2010, 0620 hrs IST, ET Bureau
LUCKNOW: In perhaps the most emphatic reiteration of her core Dalit
agenda in recent times, chief minister Mayawati said she was immensely
the Dalit community which stood solidly behind her over the years.
With Congress, off late, trying hard to breach her Dalit base,
Mayawati's speech at a massive rally on Monday remained focused on
Dalit reiteration and Congress bashing. She said that, in the past,
several leaders had broken away from the party and it was thought that
BSP would weaken but instead "our people never left us".
After her famous speech in August, 2008, were she had spoken about her
successor being from the Dalit community only, Ms Mayawati made her
most vocal reiteration of Dalit ideology saying that she will "never
let down Dalits", trying to nip any speculation that the community's
interests were being overlooked by the BSP government.
Though for good measure the Dalit czarina pointed out that certain
senior leaders have been specifically tasked with bringing the
Brahmin, Thakur and Vaishya (Bania) communities closer to the party,
it was pre-dominantly the Dalit agenda all the way at the rally.
Strangely though, she skipped mentioning Muslims in this series, which
may have to do with the fact that the PWD minister Nassemuddin
Siddiqui has been focusing on wooing the minorities into the party. Ms
Mayawati also tried to clear the air over the fate of her confidante
and party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, saying that
political rivals were trying to portray that he has been cut to size,
which she said, was far from the truth.
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