While BJP has been trying hard to woo Dalit voters in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Assembly elections in the state, it remains doubtful if it can beat BSP chief Mayawati in her own game. Reason: BSP chief is doing everything to malign BJP’s appeal among the Dalit voters. In doing so, she is also using the opportunity to woo some Muslim votes. There is no doubt that Mayawati is a strong contender for the CM’s seat. And considering UP’s as well as her own past record as an administrator, people may bring Mayawati back to power, may be with the additional backing of parties like the Congress.
Among the many strategies of Mayawati to beat BJP, which had swept the state in 2014 General Elections, is to strategically trail Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rallies in the state. She has done this in the last four of her big rallies. Mayawati held her first mega rally in Agra, which is also known as the Dalit capital of UP, on August 21. BJP has been very active in this region with issues like ‘ghar wapsi’, cow slaughter.
BJP’s Dalit leader Ram Shankar Katheria is MP from Agra constituency. In her rallies, Mayawati blasts the BJP and PM Modi but spares the SP a bit, labelling Mulayam Singh Yadav’s party as a partner in crime with the BJP.
The BSP chief organised next three rallies in Azamgarh, Mulayam’s constituency, Allahabad and Saharanpur. Azamgarh is equidistance from Varanasi and Gorakhpur with large Muslim and Dalit population. PM Modi had also held a rally in Gorakhpur in July. In Allahabad, BJP had held its national executive meet and PM Modi had addressed a rally here in mid-June. Allahabad is also the base of BJP state chief Keshav Prasad Maurya. Mayawati had her rally here on September 4.
Mayawati held her Saharanpur rally on September 4 in the same ground where PM Modi and a number of his Cabinet ministers had addressed a rally on May 27 to mark the two years of Modi government.