Monday, July 19, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Social engineer Maya orders caste census

Social engineer Maya orders caste census

Jul 19th, 2010 -- MANISH ANAND | New Delhi Share
BSP supremo Mayawati is reinventing her famed "social engineering"
strategy, which in its new avatar seeks to carry out a caste head
count in the state. "Social Engineering II" is being attempted by the
ruling BSP in UP as a more focused approach at the grassroots level in
contrast to the broader alignment of dalits and brahmins in its
earlier avatar.
Ms Mayawati is learnt to have put the party machinery in overdrive to
complete the caste head count in the next six months. "The party cadre
at the booth level has been asked to conduct the exercise. They will
not be knocking at the doors of residents. The exercise will be based
on inputs collected at the grassroots levels," said a senior BSP
The BSP top brass has reportedly told Ms Mayawati the social
engineering strategy, as scripted for the 2007 state elections, has
outlived its utility and has been dented with the brahmins drifting
away. "The party is not very confident of the support of the brahmins
now. The 2009 LS?elections indicated that the party needs to reinvent
its social engineering," added the party functionary.
With the reinvented strategy, the BSP is looking at better candidate
selection and revamping the party leadership at the local level based
on caste data collected at least a year before the elections. "The
caste head count will help the party arrive at a formidable caste
equation. The BSP is now looking at dalits, most backward castes and
Muslims as its new support base. It will help identify which groups to
focus on among the most backward castes apart from the non-Yadav OBC,"
the functionary revealed.
The exercise will involve collecting data about beneficiaries at the
grassroots level during the term of Ms Mayawati. "The party wants to
know who has been left behind in getting benefits from the BSP-led
government. This will help the party make amends before the polls. The
data about those having benefited will be part of the campaign," the
functionary said.


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