Lucknow: Mayawati’s social engineering formula seems to be working fine in UP election 2017. Many people were writing her off and had called her Muslim and Brahmin outreach an utter failure. But they were probably completely off the mark.
Mayawati has never believed in high-pitched and high-tech campaigning. Her campaigning has always been very localized and personal rapport of the local BSP leaders and the voters. Even her social media approach is still rudimentary.
This was the reason that poll pundits had written her off in the year 2007 and they are writing her off for the same reason. But it is a blunder that they are making.
By giving Muslims 104 seats and assigning more than 80 seats to Brahmins, she has won both the communities. Several Muslim social and religious organizations are backing her and her party, even going to the extent of vigorously campaigning her. The same is true about Brahmins.
Dalits, Muslims and Brahmins together make more than 50 percent of the state population.
The supreme Brahmin body in the state is backing her now. Akhil Bhartiya Brahmin Mahasabha on Sunday extedned its open support to Bahujan Samaj Party. The development has brought the spotlight back on Mayawati’s social engineering experiment that propelled her to power with absolute majority in 2007. Reports suggest that a number of top members and office bearers of mahasabha gathered at the residence of Mayawati’s close aide and party’s Brahmin face, Satish Chandra Mishra, and raised slogans like `Haathi Nahi Ganesh Hai…Brahma Vishnu Mahesh Hai…,”. Mahasabha president, Rajendra Nath Tripathi said that the community got the maximum respect during the previous BSP regime. “The community would again back Behenji,” he claimed.
All India Ulama and Mashaikh Conference, a barelwi Muslim group with some influence in central UP has come out in open support for the BSP. A Deobandi organization too is supporting Mayawati and opposing SP and Congress combine. Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi who heads All India Ulama and Mashaikh Conference says that Samajwadi Party has fooled the Muslims. He says that the board was disappointed in the ruling Samajwadi Party for not fulfilling promises it made to the community in 2012. “I was one of the few Muslim clerics who got points like reservations for Muslim, Dargah act and inclusion of Urdu in PCS (J) examination, incorporated in SP’s manifesto in 2012 assembly elections. We pursued the state government but to no avail and now, the party has removed the points from its current manifesto,” he went on to add.