New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati will go to Gujarat to meet up the Una attack victims on Thursday. In her visit, she will discuss about the issue of increasing violence against Dalits in the country.
Mayawati will talk about about the issues of suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad, people beaten up by a group of cow vigilantes for allegedly skinning a dead cow and many others. She is regularly discussing the issues in inside as well as outside the Parliament.
On July 31, thousands of Dalits protested against the Una incident at Ahmedabad’s where they took a collective oath for not to lift carcasses in protest against the attacks on Dalits.
“Since the BJP government has come to power at the Centre, there have been religious attacks against the Muslims and Dalits. Our party wants that the PM come to the House and explain why these attacks are happening,” she had said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
In last one month, four party leaders including two Dalit and Other Backward Class (OBC) have blamed Mayawati for “auctioning” party tickets for the upcoming elections in UP.
On June 22, Swami Prasad Maurya resigned from the party while BSP received its second setback barely a week after Maurya’s exit when former minister, R.K. Chaudhary, also quit the party, accusing Mayawati on the same grounds.
“It is common for leaders to switch parties for their vested interests right before the elections. Similarly, the leaders who left BSP falsely accused Mayawati of selling tickets as they had to justify their exit and cause harm to the party,” said senior BSP leader and Rajya Sabha member Munquad Ali.
Recently, two party MLAs, Harvinder Kumar from Pallia constituency and Brijesh Verma from Mallawan also blamed the party management of demanding money in lieu of tickets. Both of them were suspended from the party on 27 July.
Analysts said, “Mayawati’s visit to Gujarat is an effort to consolidate the Dalit votes which may have shifted away from the party after the exit of these leaders.”
“Mayawati’s entry and survival in politics depends on Dalit votes. Visiting Gujarat will help her gain the sympathy of this vote bank and will send a strong message to UP as well. Though BSP does not have a strong backing in Gujarat, it is still poll-bound and may help the party gain some ground in the state. Moreover, this can be a chance to offset the damage caused by senior leaders leaving the party,” said S.K. Dwivedi, a Lucknow-based political analyst.