The Bahujan Samaj Party’s “Brahmin Sammelan”, which is scheduled to be held on Friday at the Taraji Resort, has been renamed as “Seminar in honor of the enlightened class”.
The change of name of the event came after an order of the High Court banned conducting rallies and programmes by political parties based on caste. On July 11, 2013, the Allahabad High Court, while hearing the PIL number 5889 filed by Motilal Yadav, banned events by political parties in UP on the basis of caste.
The BSP’s grand event is being seen as the party’s attempt to woo Brahmins ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
At the event, BSP national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, who has been given the organisational responsibility by party chief Mayawati, alleged that the Brahmin community is being “ignored and harassed" under the current regime of Bharatiya Janata Party and now people from across sections of the society have made up their mind to “give a full majority to the BSP like in 2007".
Upon his arrival in Ayodhya, SC Mishra went straight for ‘Darshan’ of Lord Ram before starting the seminar.
“We don’t believe in mixing religion with politics. We are from the Brahmin community and we have faith in all the Gods. What better place could it have been other than Ayodhya and to have Darshan and take blessings of Lord Ram before starting our programme," Mishra said.
“If BJP thinks that Lord Ram belongs to them then it is their narrow mindset. Lord Ram belongs to everyone. It is sad when people do politics in the name of Lord Ram,” added Mishra.
On the question of alliance with other parties, he said, “BSP will fight on its own in the upcoming elections. We will do an alliance with the people of the state, we will do an alliance with the ‘Sarv Samaj’ (entire society). In the year 2007 also we had forged an alliance of brotherhood with the entire society. The entire Brahmin community had backed BSP in 2007 and we formed a full majority government then.”
After Ayodhya, the seminar will be organised in different districts till July 29. The event will be held in Ambedkar Nagar on Saturday and Sunday, and in Allahabad on July 26.
The party will hold the programme in Kaushambi, Pratapgarh and Sultanpur on July 27, 28 and 29, respectively. Mishra will be the chief guest at all the events and Nakul Dubey and other BSP MLAs/MPs will also be present.
The Division Bench of Justice Umanath Singh and Justice Mahendra Dayal, while pronouncing the verdict, had said that caste conventions of political parties increase mutual differences in the society and become a hindrance in fair elections.
The court, while banning caste conventions, had issued notices to the Election Commission and the government, as well as, the four major parties, Congress-BJP, SP and BSP, summoning them to reply and asking them to give affidavits.
The BSP seems to be working on similar lines of a campaign that was held by the BSP in 2007 and tickets were given to Brahmins in adequate numbers.
In 2007, the BSP had won 206 out of 403 assembly seats and had bagged 30% votes. Its performance was not a coincidence, but a result of a well thought strategy by BSP chief Mayawati. The candidates were also announced much in advance while the party had struck a cordial cocktail of OBC, Dalit, Brahmins and Muslims.