After Mayawati, Mulayam woos Brahmans

Discussion in 'Politics & Society' started by SHURIDH, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. SHURIDH

    SHURIDH Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2011
    Messages:
    1,484
    Likes Received:
    293
    Location:
    Murshidabad,Paschim banga,India.
    LUCKNOW: The much hyped Brahman convention organised by the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday ended in a whimper with party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and chief minister AkhileshYadav skipping the event. In theirabsence, Mulayam's brother and state PWD minister Shivpal Yadav addressed the participants.
    The convention was organized by the Samajwadi Brahman Sabha (SBS), an offshoot of the SP. Though party leaders said that Mulayam was caught in Delhiin a crucial meeting with the 'third front' leaders. Also, Akhilesh's programme in Meerut for distribution of unemploymentallowances and Kanya Vidya Dhan was fixed before the decision to hold the Brahman convention was taken leaving theSBS functionaries who came from across the state were left disappointed.
    Brahmans constitute around 10% of UP's population. They aremore than 20% in 60 assembly constituencies and seven Lok Sabha seats. UP Brahmans voted mainly for the Congress after independence till 1989 Ram temple movement when they shifted their votes to BJP. Thoughthe majority Brahmans still vote for the BJP, a section has started voting tactically. In rural UP, thereis a popular saying that Brahmans always like to be on the 'right side of the power'.
    The SP is trying to woo Brahmans to compensate for the loss of dalit votes it may suffer for opposing the constitutional amendment bill providing quota to scheduled castes and tribes in promotions in government jobs. Party feels that the quota issue affects upper castes, other backward classes (OBCs) and andreligious minorities. The party already enjoys support of OBCs, Muslims and Thakurs (another upper caste). The addition of Brahmans votes would strengthen its base.
    The convention started with chanting of Sanskrit mantras. The'golden crown' meant for Mulayam was presented to Shivpal. The vote bank politics made SP leaders see legendary revolutionary Chandra Shekhar Azad with caste lens. Azad was a Brahman but did not use his surname which depicted his caste. However, Azad's photograph was placed along with late Janeshwar Mishra, who was also Brahman but as a socialist leader advocated caste-less society.
    Shivpal said that Brahmans are intellectuals and have shown light to the society. He said that contribution of SM Joshi, Madhu Limaye, Janeshwar Mishra and Brijbhushan Tiwari, all of who are Brahmans, in socialist movement in India is unforgettable. Shivapal said that the SP has always given respect to Brahmans. He also accused rival Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and other opposition parties of using Brahmans only as a vote bank and doing nothing for community's welfare.
    SP's Brahman love is not an overnight phenomenon. Earlier, party used to field candidates as per the caste combination of a particular seat. However, in 2006,in reply to Mayawati's aggressive wooing of Brahmans, the then SPgovernment announced holiday on Parashuram Jayanti. A mythological figure, Lord Parashuram is revered by Brahmans. However, the move did not help the SP and it lost the election in 2007 with a section ofBrahmans voting for the BSP.
    Mayawati had constituted Brahman brotherhood committees to bring the community close to the party. Mulayam took lessons from Maya and formed the SBS in 2010. The SBS was assigned the task to galvanise Brahmans, disillusionedby Mayawati's policies, in favour of the SP. As a result, according to poll surveys, 19% Brahmans voted for the SP in 2012 assembly elections in comparisonto 10.5% in 2007 assembly polls and 6% in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
    In the 2012 assembly elections, out of 41 Brahman candidates fielded by the SP, 22 won. Brahman votes also helped the SPto win in places where OBCs and Dalits are evenly divided. Now in power with absolute majority, the SP wants to further strengthen its base among Brahmans for 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The SP is projecting Ashok Bajpai, a Brahman leader and old Mulayam loyalist, and SBS state president Manoj Pandey as party's Brahman face.
    According to political analysts, the SP won the assembly elections held earlier this year mainly because it got support from other castes and classes apart from en bloc voting of Muslims and Yadavs. Mulayam has realised that in order to repeat 2012 in 2014, he will haveto keep most of the communitiesand castes in good humour. While the SP has opposed the quota in promotion bill, the BJP has not made its stand clear overthe issue, which will benefit Mulayam

    After Mayawati, Mulayam woos Brahmans - The Times of India
     
  2.  
  3. SHURIDH

    SHURIDH Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2011
    Messages:
    1,484
    Likes Received:
    293
    Location:
    Murshidabad,Paschim banga,India.
    Mulayam wants a brahmin vote bank too
     
  4. natarajan

    natarajan Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2009
    Messages:
    2,592
    Likes Received:
    750
    muslims ,christians ,brahmins hmm except us everyone getting special privilege
     
  5. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2011
    Messages:
    4,893
    Likes Received:
    3,688
    Location:
    Bengaluru
    UP == hopeless state.
     

Share This Page