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Maya to hit the road to gain Dalit support

Sanjay Pandey, Lucknow, DH News Service, Aug 3 2017, 9:56 IST
BSP supremo Mayawati. Press Trust of India file photo

BSP supremo Mayawati. Press Trust of India file photo

Fighting for her political survival, BSP supremo Mayawati plans to hit the road in Uttar Pradesh to regain the support of the Dalits and revive her party.

Mayawati, according to the BSP sources here, will be holding rallies in different parts of the state, especially in the areas, where Dalits are in sizable numbers, in the next few months.

''A detailed plan is being prepared for holding rallies.....the campaign will be launched from Dalit dominated Agra district,'' said a senior BSP leader while speaking to Deccan Herald here.

Besides addressing the rallies, the BSP supremo also plans hold meetings of the booth level coordinators to discuss and chalk out the strategy to woo back the Dalits.

''Party leaders and coordinators have been asked to take up issues concerning the Dalits and reach out to the community in the rural areas,'' the leader added.

He said that BSP would be focussing more on the youths in a bid to counter the emergence of Dalit organisations like Bheem Army and some others in different parts of the state.

According to the BSP leaders, the atrocities on Dalits had been on the rise in UP since the BJP government assumed charge of the state. There had been several incidents of attacks on Dalits in the state in the past few months.

Political observers here said that resignation of Mayawati from the Rajya Sabha membership was also part of her ''political strategy'' to win back Dalit support.

''By aggressively taking up the issues concerning the Dalits, Mayawati may also check the desertion of Dalit leaders from her party,'' said Prof. Dinesh Kumar, a former faculty at Lucknow University.

Only a few days back one of the BSP MLC switched loyalty and joined the BJP after resigning from the membership of the house.

BSP could win only 19 seats in the 2017 assembly polls in UP.

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