05 August, 2021

The Jumbo In The Ring

Mayawati finds traction again in UP, but what of her and the BSP’s national ambitions?

Nirala Tripathi
The Jumbo In The Ring

The Central Push

How Mayawati is wooing Muslims

  • Like Jayalalitha in Tamil Nadu and Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, Mayawati, 58, sees windfall benefits from a superior showing in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 general elections.
  • Hopes to cash in on disillusionment of Muslims with the Samajwadi Party in the aftermath of the Muzaffarnagar riots, in which over 50 (mostly Muslims) adults died; 34 children died in the relief camps.
  • With the Congress again late, Behenji is bending over backwards to woo the Muslims. Her message to them at the Lucknow rally: “If you vote for us, you’ll contribute towards weakening the BJP.”
  • Has handpicked Muslim candidates for eight Lok Sabha constituencies in and around Muzaffarnagar in western UP, (incidentally, the region from where she first stood for the LS polls, in 1984).
  • Despite the traditional Dalit-Muslim antipathy, she is working on a revised strategy to incorporate them along with Brahmins under BSP umbrella. Brahmins got...

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