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Maya asks cadres to gear up for poll
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 28
Predicting mid-term elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati today called upon the party cadre to gear up for poll to replicate the success of Uttar Pradesh’s social engineering formula at the Central level.

“The UPA government could fall any time in the wake of the deadlock between the Congress and the Left over the nuclear deal. There is a strong possibility of a mid-term poll and the party cadre should gear up for the big fight to capture power at the Centre,” Mayawati said at a rally organised here to merge the Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM) of former union minister Harmohan Dhawan into the BSP.

Dispelling the myth that the BSP was anti-upper caste, Mayawati claimed that Satish Chander Mishra, a Brahmin, had been given several responsibilities in the party set-up and the UP government.

If the party was anti-upper caste, then it would not have welcomed Dhawan (Chandigarh) and Vijay Singh Mankotia (Himachal Pradesh), prominent forward class leaders, into the party fold, she said claiming that the party stood for “classless and casteless” society.

She called upon party supporters to counter the opposition propaganda of the dubbing the BSP as the anti-upper caste outfit saying that the party cadre must work hard to “win” these castes to the BSP ideology. In fact, Mayawati devoted a substantial time of her about one hour long speech to woo the upper castes. Alleging that mainstream political parties, including the Congress and the BJP, had repeatedly failed the people of the country, the Dalit leader promised that if voted to power, the BSP would amend the Constitution to provide for reservation for the upper caste poor and the religious minorities.

Launching a scathing attack on the BJP and the Congress, the BSP supremo alleged that these parties had been benefiting the big industrialists and capitalists at the cost of the common man.

Earlier, various speakers projected Mayawati as the next Prime Minister. Shouting slogans like “UP to harmari hai, ab Delhi ki bari hai” (UP is ours, the next target is New Delhi), the speakers claimed that only the BSP could provide a “pro-people” government.

Mishra, who is also the in charge of the forward classes cell of the BSP, alleged that while the Congress had divided the people on caste lines, the BJP was dividing the country on religious lines.

President of the Himachal unit of the BSP Vijay Singh Mankotia said the BSP was set to wrest power at the Centre in the next general elections and Mayawati would be the Prime Minister.

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