New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP President Mayawati has said that if her party comes to power in 2022, she will ensure safety and security to the Brahmins community in the state.
Mayawati was speaking at a conclave organised by the party in Lucknow to mark the end of a three-month statewide Prabudh Varg sammelan to mobilise the Brahmins in UP ahead of the assembly polls.
“Brahmins have agreed that under BSP’s rule, people from Brahmin community were in better condition as compared to under BJP’s rule,” Mayawati said at the function.
“I assure Brahmin community that if we come to power in the next elections, we will ensure their security,” she added.
Mayawati further stated: “I will focus only on the development of Uttar Pradesh. I will not build parks & ‘smaraks’ in the state.”
BSP won a clear majority in UP in 2007 when the party romped home with 207 seats in the house of 403. The party fielded many Brahmin candidates in the elections and was successful in wooing a section of the community votes.
“We should join more people from Brahmin community with us for the upcoming elections to form a government with a majority, similar to 2007,” Mayawati said at the Lucknow function reminding the participants of her rule between 2007-2012.
Both SP and BJP are also organising camps to reach out to the community which constitutes almost 12 per cent of the state population. In terms of numbers, Brahmins in UP are the third-largest vote block after Muslims and Jatavs.
The community has by and large been seen to have backed BJP after the Mandal-Kamaldal rupture in the state polity in 1989.
However, in an effort to impinge on BJP’s traditional vote base, the opposition has repeatedly alleged that the Yogi government has worked against the interest of the community.