The BSP has registered a thumping victory by winning 206 assembly seats out of 402 total seats in UP assembly and would form single party government in the state after 14 years. Brahmins and upper caste candidates have played a crucial role for BSP in this elections.
BSP, founded by Dalit on the platform of opposition to Brahmins, trading community and Thakurs leaders, has now taken other castes with it and achieved success. The party had given 139 tickets to upper caste and 34 Brahmins and 19 Thakurs have been won on different seats.
CASTE-WISE TICKET ALLOCATION BY THE BSP
Key Brahmin players behind the BSP’s success story in Uttar Pradesh
Satish Chandra Mishra, Rajya Sabha MP and BSP national general secretary:
Mishra had won for her the Supreme Court case involving defected BSP MLAs and later Mayawati made him party’s national general secretary in January 2004. Mishra had said, when he was given party post, that Mayawati indicated him about a misconception that she was against Brahmins or high castes.
It was Mishra who actually revolutionized Mayawati to transform BSP as the collective force of the Brahmins, dalits and others. Brahmins command 13.8 per cent vote share in the state.
Mishra, who travelled 22,000 km across the 70 districts of Uttar Pradesh holding BSP Brahmin sammelans between July 1, 2006 and September 15, 2006.
He is the man who can be termed as the chief architect of the Brahmin participation in BSP’s victory. Mishra had been holding a number of Brahmin sammelans all over the state for past two years to mobilize the community in favour of the party and had succeeded in his endeavour.
Brijesh Pathak, Lok Sabha MP, Unnao:
Pathak is the second man in the core team after Mishra. He contested the Unnao Lok Sabha seat with a BSP ticket in 2004. After winning he was quickly made the deputy leader of the Lok Sabha. Pathak was briefly with Mishra as a junior lawyer.
Brijesh Mishra Saurabh, candidate from Garwara, Pratapgarh:
He joined the BSP by organising a huge Brahmin convention attended by some 40,000 people in the domain of the notorious Raja Bhaiyya, whom Mayawati had booked under POTA. Brought into the BSP by Brijesh Pathak, Saurabh is known for forming the Saurabh Sena to fight against Raja Bhaiyya.
CASTE BREAK-UP OF UP’S DALIT POPULATION
Nirmal Tiwari, candidate from Kalyanpur, Kanpur:
He says that the BJP had assumed it had acquired the Brahmins on a 99-year lease in the state. Everyone seemed to think we were bonded labourers and no party allows the people to grow. With Behenji, we get immense respect and support.
Nakul Dubey, candidate from Mahona, Lucknow:
He is Satish Mishra’s junior and important part in the core team. He says that Behenji worked for the upliftment of the Dalits, but that was to bring them on par with the higher castes, not to run them down.
Gopal Narain Mishra, candidate from Lucknow East:
He is a member of the Bar Council of India, Mishra joined Mayawati’s fold five years ago.
Mayawati and other advisors in party have started the process of selection of possible ministers. It will be an difficult task especially a large number of upper caste candidates have won.
As many as 34 Brahmins and 19 Thakurs have emerged victorious on BSP ticket and Mayawati would be hard pressed on to whom she should accommodate and whom not to accommodate in her ministry.
Via: Indian Express