Mayawati’s soft Hindutva ploy

Lucknow: With  BSP starting the Brahmin seminar for Mission-2022 from Ayodhya, a discussion has heated up as to whether the BSP has also taken the path of soft Hindutva on the lines of BJP and other political parties? Such questions are bound to arise, more or less, with the inclusion of Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi in the time and place of his Brahmin conventions, and the initiation of the convention with Ramlala’s darshan in Ayodhya. Like the year 2007, Bahujan Samaj Party has again started the exercise of social engineering.

This maneuver of the BSP, which once gave controversial slogans about tilak, taraju and talwar, is not just this. In fact, in the year 2007, the BSP came to power on its own with Brahmins as well as Kshatriyas. Over time, the edge of its social engineering became blunt. The vote bank of Bahujan Samaj Party in the 2017 assembly elections declined by 8.2 per cent as compared to the year 2007. It was 25.95 per cent in 2012 respectively and in the year 2017 only 19 seats came with 22.23 per cent.

The BSP has now decided to hold Brahmin seminars in 75 districts in order to increase the vote percentage. Under this, programs will be held in Mathura, Kashi and Prayagraj. In such a situation, it is not surprising if senior BSP leaders start the program by visiting other temples like Ramlala in Ayodhya.

Former IG Arun Kumar Gupta, political analyst is quoted by a media house saying – “BSP has realized very well that it is difficult to gain power without adding other voters to the base vote bank. So now, by playing this soft Hindutva or rather Brahmin vote card, an attempt is being made to sabotage the votes of BJP.

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