Rahul Baba woes Dalits and Muslims
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Lucknow,January 17 :Run up for UP elections where Muslims account for
22% of population and Dalits account for 22% of population which are
making all political parties severe headache,Not only congress has
announced 4% reservation for muslims they are also pursuing dalits
aggresively as Maya Jal is wrapped around dalits votes .The party
manifesto being prepared is expected to offer sops to Dalits, EBCs,
Jats and Muslims.
AFTER offering quota in jobs and education to the Muslim community,
AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi is turning his attention to other
segments especially the Dalits, the Jats and the extremely backward
classes ( EBCs).
This is part of his social engineering to win the maximum number of
seats in the Uttar Pradesh assembly.
Rahul held a review meeting of the party strategy with senior leaders
on Saturday and the focus was on the 89 constituencies where the party
has fielded Dalit candidates. This includes the 85 reserved seats and
four general constituencies where Dalit nominees are in the fray.
The Election Commission order to cover all the statues of UP chief
minister Mayawati and her party symbol " elephant" and whether the
move would benefit Mayawati were also discussed at the meeting.
The state has 22 per cent Dalits of which the majority are Jatavs —
the community BSP chief Mayawati belongs to. The Congress appears to
be adopting a two- pronged strategy of making every effort to wean
non- Jatavs away from the BSP and trying to split the Jatavs so that
the BSP strike rate is reduced.
Known Dalit faces such as P. L. Puniya, bureaucrat- turned- Lok Sabha
MP from Barabanki and chairperson of the National Commission for SC,
once Mayawati's close advisor, and Ashok Tanwar, former president of
the Youth Congress and the NSUI, who was elected to the Lok Sabha from
Sirsa constituency in Haryana, have been assigned the 89
The Congress has decided to appoint observers — either MLA, ex-
minister or ex- MLA — with election experience in all these 89
Sources said a senior Dalit Congress leader from Uttar Pradesh has
requested Rahul to hold a rally of non- Jatav Dalits in Lucknow.
They alleged that non- Jatav Dalits have been ignored by Mayawati who
has been promoting her community alone.
Run up for UP elections where Muslims account for 22% of population
and Dalits account for 22% of population which are making all
political parties severe headache,Not only congress has announced 4%
reservation for muslims they are also pursuing dalits aggresively as
Maya Jal is wrapped around dalits votes .The party manifesto being
prepared is expected to offer sops to Dalits, EBCs, Jats and Muslims.
It also plans to promise sub- categorisation of SCs in the state, a
move primarily aimed at containing the Jatavs who have benefited most
It would seek to end the monopoly of the Jatavs much to the glee of
other oppressed Dalits.
THE CONGRESS on Sunday betrayed its anxiety that the BSP may end up
benefiting from the Election Commission ( EC) order to cover the
statues of Mayawati and her party symbol ' elephant' for an entirely
" People in UP are so upset with this government that seeing these
statues in public could make them vote against her government," AICC
spokesperson Rashid Alvi said.
" Covering them could actually dilute that simmering anger and she may
be saved from the people's strong disapproval," he added.
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