Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati accused major political parties — Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and Samajwadi Party — of doing politics over religion and caste and said only her party was fighting for the uplift of all sections of society, irrespective of caste or religion.
“Be it Ayodhya or Article 370 or triple talaq, BJP, Congress and SP have been using these as tools for doing politics of religion and caste. But the BSP never indulged in such practices and always worked for the welfare of all sections of society,” the BSP chief said while addressing party workers and leaders at a crucial meeting called in Lucknow on Wednesday.
Interestingly, while attacking her opponents for doing politics on religion and castes, Mayawati also claimed that now she would not compromise and attach extra importance to the Muslims.
“The Union or state government might try to misguide Muslims in the name of Article 370 or other issues, but I am not going to take any action against Muslims in fear,” she said.
“The return of Muslim-Dalit voters to the BSP in the last parliamentary elections has terrorised the BJP and other parties so much that the BJP and SP helped each other to ensure the defeat of BSP candidates in the recent UP Assembly bypolls,” Mayawati said.
She said in the bypolls, the SP gave more tickets to Muslims and also campaigned religious line to polarise voters to the benefit of BJP.
Meanwhile, in major structural changes, the BSP chief scrapped the post of coordinators but continued with state chief and sector system. The party also ended the post of zonal in-charge and divisional system.
As per sources, the first sector comprises Lucknow, Bareilly, Moradabad, Saharanpur divisions, the second sector comprises Agra, Aligarh, Kanpur, Chitrakoot and Jhansi, the third Allahabad, Mirzapur, Faizabad and Devipatan and the fourth Varanasi, Azamgarh, Gorakhpur and Basti divisions.
Mayawati took the decision after reviewing the party’s performance in recent Assembly bypolls. The BSP has now divided UP into four sectors and Mayawati has asked the cadre to work in the new system till 2022 assembly elections in UP.
The BSP chief expressed her annoyance on the party’s defeat in the 11 Assembly bypolls in the state, particularly in Jalalpur constituency of Ambedkarnagar, where the party failed to retain its seat and lost it to SP.
Mayawati also sought a full report on the reasons for the loss of party candidate in Jalalpur.