Pilibhit: ground zero for polarization – By Liz Mathew and Samanth Subramanian – MINT

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Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh: Behind the green-white complex of Pilibhit’s Jama Masjid is an arched gate of distinctively Islamic design, the incongruous entrance to the Gauri Shankar temple. The gate was financed by the mosque’s builder, the nobleman Hafiz Rehmat Khan, as a favour to his vizier Gauri Shankar, and for two centuries it has stood as a symbol of what Pilibhit’s residents call the “absolute peace” between the town’s Hindus and Muslims.

Political divide: A defaced poster of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Varun Gandhi in a Muslim-dominated area of Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh. Ramesh Pathania / Mint

Political divide: A defaced poster of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Varun Gandhi in a Muslim-dominated area of Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh. Ramesh Pathania / Mint
The peace still stands, but it has begun to feel uneasy. On Wednesday, abandh day in Pilibhit, street corners were occupied by the Provincial Armed Constabulary, a riot vehicle idled next to locked-down shops, and police stations were deserted, every policeman out on patrol.
Pilibhit’s voters, numbering at least 1.3 million, have been cleanly divided by the events of the last few weeks: an allegedly vicious diatribe against Muslims by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Varun Gandhi, his sharp descent into disfavour with the Election Commission, and his subsequent arrest and charge under the National Security Act (NSA).
Analysts say this polarization, which began in Pilibhit, is spreading across the state, which less than a decade ago was a strong base for the BJP. They believe it could once again touch levels last witnessed in Uttar Pradesh around and after the events that led to the demolition of Babri Masjid, the 16th century mosque, located in Ayodhya in 1992. That’s something that could ensure the BJP an assured block of votes in a situation where the poll contest in the state has degenerated into a four-cornered fight after the Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP) decided against a pre-poll alliance. Delimitation, which led to the reordering of constituencies across the country, has only added to the uncertainty.
In a state that elects 80 members to the Lok Sabha and in a situation where no political combination has a clear edge ahead of the polls, such efforts at polarization carry potential.
Ground zero
The communal division is a new experience for Pilibhit. Its former member of Parliament, Varun Gandhi’s mother Maneka Gandhi, has been winning here, except for once in 1991, since 1989—first with the Janata Dal, then as an independent, and finally with the BJP—and she has done so without generating such heated rhetoric. Muslims often voted for her, and Pilibhit, says Bidyut Chakrabarty, a political science professor at Delhi university, was “more secular than, say, Lucknow or Moradabad”.
Outside Varun Gandhi’s shuttered campaign office, with a BJP flag fluttering forlornly atop it, Prem Pal Prajapati, the 30-year-old owner of a prosthetic clinic, sat on his motorcycle under a tree. Prajapati stressed that he was a supporter of no party, but “the victimization of Gandhi”, he says, could only lead in one direction: A huge victory for Varun Gandhi in Pilibhit, and a victory for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.
Thanks to the intense media focus on Pilibhit, many Hindu residents now offer their views in a deftly formulated caveat: “There has never been any communal problem here, but…,” Madhuri Mishra, a homemaker, uses it. “We have nothing against the Muslims,” she says first. “But isn’t it strange that when Varun spoke for the Hindus, everybody was up in arms? What about (former chief minister and SP leader) Mulayam Singh Yadav’s sops to Muslims and (chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party, or BSP chief) Mayawati’s favours to Dalits?”

The video clip of Varun Gandhi’s speech, both Prajapati and Mishra are certain, was doctored. “He just spoke for the Hindus,” Mishra says. “What’s wrong with that?”
The BJP’s careful lionization of Varun Gandhi is, it appears, a strategy to revive its wilting fortunes in the state. In the 1996 general election, the BJP won 52 seats; in 1998, it won 57. But in 1999, it could only muster 29 seats, a figure that further dropped to 10 in 2004.
“In Uttar Pradesh, the party has been consistently declining since we started efforts to encompass everyone,” says a senior BJP leader, who requested anonymity. “The state has too many players and fighters for Muslims and Dalit votes, and divisions along caste line are too clear. So our USP is Hindutva.” But, he admitted, “the situation in other states is different. We cannot win seats on Hindutva card”.
Not surprisingly, therefore, while the BJP has discretely distanced itself from his remarks and not Varun Gandhi’s new strident profile, its ideologies, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal, have gone on an all out offensive to not only back their young leader, but also organize statewide protests against his incarceration.
Other political parties are quick to roundly criticize this strategy.
Communal divide: Students and teachers at Pilibhit’s Jama Masjid; the direction of the town’s Muslim vote is still unclear. Pilibhit’s voters, numbering at least 1.3 million, have been cleanly divided by the events of the last few weeks: an allegedly vicious diatribe against Muslims by the BJP’s Varun Gandhi, his sharp descent into disfavour with the Election Commission, and his subsequent arrest and charge under the NSA. Ramesh Pathania / Mint

Communal divide: Students and teachers at Pilibhit’s Jama Masjid; the direction of the town’s Muslim vote is still unclear. Pilibhit’s voters, numbering at least 1.3 million, have been cleanly divided by the events of the last few weeks: an allegedly vicious diatribe against Muslims by the BJP’s Varun Gandhi, his sharp descent into disfavour with the Election Commission, and his subsequent arrest and charge under the NSA. Ramesh Pathania / Mint
“The big mobilization in Pilibhit, the forcing of confrontations with the police, rousing passions by rabble-rousing…are clearly BJP’s campaign strategy,” says Sitaram Yechury, member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) politburo. “Communal polarization is part of their vote-consolidating mechanism. It shows that they have no other issue to garner votes.”
What the BJP basically needed, says Chakrabarty, was a mascot of fiery Hindutva whom it could keep at a convenient arm’s length—close, but not too close. Varun Gandhi duly obliged with his rhetoric, he argues, but the media and other political parties also obliged with shrill responses.
As a result, the BJP now stands to gain significantly in the state’s four phases of the Lok Sabha elections, beginning 16 April and ending 13 May. “There could be a return of core Hindu votes, which have shifted to various parties in the past, to the BJP,” says G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, a psephologist and a member of the BJP’s national council. “There is some kind of consolidation, though it is not heavy.”
Uttar Pradesh is home to 166 million people, the most populous state in the country. The 2001 Census of India estimates that scheduled castes constitute 21% of the population, while Muslims make up 18.5%. While there are no official figures, analysts estimate that Brahmins account for 9% of the populace. Mayawati’s electoral success in 2007, when BSP took majority control of the state assembly in a surprise win, was based on her ability to manage a rainbow coalition of Dalits, Brahmins and Muslims.
Communal insecurity
The shift, a tectonic one in Hindu-dominated Pilibhit, has additionally left its Muslims confused and wary—and thus prime for electoral poaching. “We wanted to go to the bazaar today, but because of the atmosphere, we didn’t go,” says Mohammad Shamshad Raza, an 18-year-old religious instructor at the Jama Masjid, who is attempting, in the midst of all this consternation, to study for his maulvi exams beginning next week.

What the BJP needed was a mascot of fiery Hindutva whom it could keep at a convenient arm’s length
Raza cannot make up his mind about the rapid developments at Pilibhit. “On the one hand, Varun is Maneka Gandhi’s son, and how can we be happy that he is in jail?” he says. “But on the other hand, she never said things like: ‘If we enter Pilibhit, the first sound we hear is the call of the mosque’ and talked about cutting off hands. Varun said this just to win votes. He wanted to become a hero, and he did.”
Before the evening namaz, Maulana Izhar Ahmed Khan Barkati, the thickly bearded Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid, sits by the lily pond in the masjid’s courtyard. He talks for a while right there, under the fading sun, before murmuring: “We shouldn’t be talking about this in front of the mosque” and moving to a cool, dark room to field further questions.
Barkati would like to believe, he says, that “the Hindus here are not naïve enough to fall for Varun Gandhi’s game”. He draws upon Pilibhit’s inter-communal celebrations of Moharram, Holi and Diwali to talk about the love between Hindus and Muslims. “Maneka Gandhi, I think, should have made her son understand,” says Barkati. “She should have told him that he shouldn’t say these things to people who have supported her and respected her for 20 years now.”
The Muslim vote
It is, as yet, unclear as to which party—the SP, the BSP or the Congress, all of which have been aggressively wooing Uttar Pradesh’s Muslims—will win them over here. The elections are still far for the voters in Pilibhit and nearby areas, which go to poll on 13 May.
By booking Varun Gandhi under NSA, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati sent out strong electoral signals to the Muslim community to consolidate her position, the core of which is made up of Dalit voters. If, as analysts claim, polarization of the electorate does take place and the BSP win seems imminent, then it is likely that the Muslim vote will gravitate towards Mayawati. In a state where the polity is fractured in view of these four-cornered contests, such block voting may be the key between victory and defeat.
However, many Muslim voters in this area of Uttar Pradesh are, in fact, not yet aware of the political permutations that are bubbling in the state. In Muslim-dominated Rampur, a couple of hundred kilometres away, Syed Nasr Mia, the owner of a transport service, still believes that the Congress-SP alliance is alive. As does Mohammadia Khan, who runs a highway tyre-repair shop: “The Congress and SP together will win all the Muslim votes.”
Some analysts believe that, in such a tripartite contest for the Muslim vote, the BSP may, in fact, emerge on top. “For the time being, the BSP has an edge,” says N. Bhaskar Rao, chairman of the New Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies. “As Uttar Pradesh is a sensitive state, Muslims may support Mayawati, as many prominent Islamic leaders have already announced their support to the chief minister. Also, the Muslim community has been showing a tendency of supporting the ruling party.”
And what will happen, in Pilibhit, if Varun Gandhi wins? Barkati smiles at the question. “He’s doing all this now only to be elected,” he says. “But once he achieves that, if anything happens here, others will question him: Why is this danga (riot) happening in your constituency?” After a pause, Barkati adds: “Well, that is the hope, anyway.”
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  1. Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan Says:

    Varun In Jail: His Communal Strategy For Political Gains Misfires

    April 2, 2009 by TMO
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    By Nilofar Suhrawardy, MMNS India Correspondent
    2009-03-28T151939Z_01_PIL17_RTRMDNP_3_INDIA-GANDHI-ARREST

    Policemen clear the way for the police van in which Varun Gandhi, great-grandson of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and scion of a family dynasty, is sitting after he was arrested in Pilibhit, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, March 28, 2009. Police in northern India on Saturday arrested Gandhi over allegations he made inflammatory comments against Muslims.

    REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

    NEW DELHI: Political drama and media-hype raised over highly communal and inflammatory remarks allegedly made by Varun Gandhi while campaigning in Pilibhit as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for Lok Sabha polls carry a far more significant message than apparent. Undeniably, a primary motive behind the entire drama staged by Varun and his political patrons is to push him and the party into political limelight. Besides, Varun allegedly made provocative comments targeting the minority communities (including Muslims and Sikhs) to create a polarization of votes along religious lines in Pilibhit to attract the majority Hindu community to BJP’s side. Clearly, Varun tried his hand at the old-tainted communal card, which had incited public to the stage of riots over Ayodhya-issue, pushing BJP to the center stage as a national party from late 1980s onwards. The political novice apparently remained oblivious of the hard reality that the Indian voter has matured a lot over the past two decades. It cannot be ignored that 2002 Gujarat-carnage played a major role in pushing the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government out of power in 2004 elections. The anti-incumbency factor played a key role in helping Congress return to power, leading the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. Varun has also given little importance to the hard reality that BJP does not have as strong base in UP as it did earlier, which is responsible for Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati winning the state assembly elections in 2007 with a sweeping majority.

    The situation would have been different were the national and/or UP government led by BJP. There is no denying that with her eye on capturing the prime ministerial position, UP Chief Minister Mayawati has no intention to agitate the minority community in UP and elsewhere. Hype raised by Varun’s political colleagues over his arrest and charges framed against him have ironically not played the part they probably aimed for. Nothing else can be a stronger indicator of this than the fact that neither Varun’s comments nor the subsequent developments aroused any communal frenzy to the stage of riots in Pilibhit. Yes, law and order in Pilibhit was put to risk when Varun allegedly made the inflammatory comments and when he courted arrest. The clash, the day he courted arrest (March 28) was between the saffron brigade activists and the police. This certainly defeats the logic exercised by Varun and his supporters to try inciting communal frenzy in Pilibhit.

    If Varun assumed that by courting arrest for a few hours or days, he would return to the political field as a hero for his radical supporters, he has been proved wrong. This is marked by UP government slapping the stringent National Security Act (NSA) against Varun, which can keep him behind bars till elections are over. Thus, dismissal of the case filed against him on violating model code of conduct and grant of bails on other charges slapped on him spelt only a minor relief for him (March 30). He was granted bail on sureties of Rs 20,000 each in two cases – one related to allegedly causing breach of peace through inflammatory speeches and the other on charge of violating prohibitory order. The NSA was invoked against him the preceding day (March 29) for making inflammatory speeches at public meetings at Dalganj and Barkhera in Pilibhit on March 7 and 8 and for giving an aggressive speech at the court gate on March 28, because of which his supporters turned violent and clashed with the police. The decision to charge him under NSA was taken at a high level meeting, presided by Mayawati. Clearly, this move signals that BJP’s rivals in UP seem prepared to counter attempts made by Varun and his supporters to incite communal frenzy for gaining political mileage by polarization of votes along religious lines.

    A three-member advisory committee, comprising of one acting High Court judge and two retired judges, has been set up by Allahabad High Court to examine whether the NSA imposed on Varun is correct or not. The committee is expected to submit its report in three weeks. Till then, Varun cannot appeal against the NSA, which means that the political novice may have to contest polls from behind the bars.

    In the opinion of left bloc and the Congress, NSA against Varun is justified. “A very strong, tough message needed to be sent that no hate speech will be tolerated against any community and it has been sent,” Brinda Karat (Communist Party of India-Marxist) said.

    “Those who break law to get votes, do divisive politics with open eyes…. They should have courage to face the law if they break it,” Congress party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said. On whether invoking NSA in Varun’s case was correct, he replied: “If the state government is of the opinion that there is a threat to public order, it (NSA) can be used…. Can there be more threat to public order?”
    Bollywood veteran Hema Malini sang a different tune here, describing as ‘inexperienced’ the Pilibhit candidate now in jail on charges of vilifying Muslims in his campaign speeches.

    ‘The way Varun addressed the (election) rally (in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit) was not good. He is an inexperienced leader and this could be the reason his speech was that way,’ Hema Malini told reporters.

    Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, Bahujan Samaj party (BSP) chief Mayawati criticised Maneka Gandhi for her remarks that only a mother could understand her feelings.

    Terming these remarks ‘insinuating’, Mayawati, who is single, said: ‘Let me tell Maneka Gandhi that even Mother Teresa did not have children but understood the feelings of millions of children.

    ‘Rather than teaching her son some manners and telling him how to behave, she is going about defending him, which is condemnable.’

    Mayawati demanded that Maneka Gandhi should seek pardon from her and the entire country for the remarks.

    Citing rules of the jail administration, authorities had Friday asked Maneka Gandhi to not meet her son in Etah jail. Maneka Gandhi had then said if Mayawati had been a mother, she would have understand a mother’s pain.

    ‘I want to say that Maneka is mother of one (Varun), while I take care of hundreds and understand the pain of crores of mothers,’ Mayawati said.

    Defending her decision to slap the stringent National Security Act (NSA) on Varun Gandhi, Mayawati said the action was ‘fully justified’.

    ‘I am fully justified in taking the most stern action against him because what he did was not pardonable, and anyone indulging in such acts, no matter how high and mighty, would receive the same treatment in my regime and will not be spared under any circumstances,’ the chief minister said.
    Varun Gandhi, is in judicial custody at Etah, charged under the National Security Act for hate-Muslim speeches that he purportedly made.Maneka Gandhi, a former central minister, who claims to be protector of animals and birds should have taught her son to respect all lives irrespective of religion, caste or language.If her son was not put behind the bars, then there would be only human beings without heads and hands. They cant even vote for him. Mother Teresa would have not been able to treat such headless and limless human beings.

    Mayawati to be next PM: Poll

    (File photo/Express)

    IANS
    First Published : 23 Feb 2009 07:06:46 PM IST
    Last Updated : 23 Feb 2009 07:12:12 PM IST

    LONDON:The coming Indian

    general election is likely to lead to a Left leaning government led by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, a leading pollster predicted Monday.
    Yashwant Deshmukh, who runs the Team Cvoter polling firm and has covered more than 100 state and national elections in India, will tell British politicians this week that neither the Congress nor the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be able to win a majority in elections to the Lok Sabha. In fact, he believes that both parties will see their number of seats dramatically reduced. This election result is less clear than any before it. It is not clear who will have the most seats, who will be able to form a majority and therefore who will be PM,� Deshmukh said, ahead of the House of Commons briefing. What is clear is that a lot of political deals will have to be done resulting in a leftwing coalition with protectionist tendencies having a much greater say than ever before. This time round the Congress party will be the loser and the BJP will be the even bigger loser. Both will all need to give away a lot of power if they’re going to even come close to a majority,� he added. The briefing, which is being organised by the public relations company Saffron Chase, is expected to be attended by British MPs and leading businessmen and investors. Saffron Chase Managing Director Vikas Pota said the elections were expected to lead to a slowdown in the process of liberalization in India. It seems that the current world recession is leading to protectionist language from all nations. It will be difficult to grow the insurance, retail and banking sectors as a result,� he said.

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    By Jagatheesan Chandrasekharan
    4/3/2009 6:32:00 PM

    Of course, it is Behenji Mayawati’s turn. BSP after coming to power in UP a biggest state of one of largest democratic country like India it is all set to move towards Delhi and make a history. Jai Ho ! BSP ! and Jai Ho ! Mayawatiji!
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    3/25/2009 4:16:00 PM

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    By Bindusar , Nizamabad
    3/10/2009 2:10:00 PM

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    3/10/2009 2:02:00 PM

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    3/10/2009 1:56:00 PM

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    3/10/2009 1:59:00 PM

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    3/10/2009 1:45:00 PM

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    By srinivas
    3/4/2009 5:15:00 PM

    These pollsters including the media house like cnn-ibn,times now,star news, indian expres newspaper group, hindu newspaper are all funded by crooked congress and parties and they will try their best, using all dirty tricks including “Goebellian” propaganda to mislead and fool majority inhabitants of Jambudvipa, that is, the Great Prabuddha Bharath (SC/STs, OBCs, Minorities and poorer amomg the upper castes). Seeing how corrupt congress and UPA allies and the NDA allieshave made majority people beggars in their own country and how they have been showring all sorts of special gifts and privileges to minroties in education, employment, housing,etc to the tune of 20000 crores this year alone and cutting quota for SC/STs and OBCs, if this UPA and NDA continue for another term, majority people will become poor worse than africans.Majority people see all the games and tricks played by crooked congress,BJP and their agents and vote massivley for BSP in coming Lok Sabha elections to prevent more misery&extinction
    About “Mayawati”

    She is the messiah of the poorest of the poor. Well, it is for the youth to decide who this “social engineer” is and is going to be in this general election. Her defiant call to become PM within hours of the formation of the Third Front shows what she wants to say: “I’ve arrived.”

    Mayawati Naina Kumari is chronologically the 32nd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. She swore in as the Chief Minister for the 4th time after Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2007.

    Early life of Naina Kumari Mayawati

    Naina Mayawati was born in 1956 on January 15th in Delhi. Prabhu Das, her father was a clerk in government telecommunications department, while her mother Ram Rati was a home maker. Mayawati graduated with Bachelor of Law from Kalindi College in Delhi and also holds degrees in Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts. After completing her studies Mayawati joined Inderpuri JJ Colony School in Delhi in 1977 and remained a teacher till 1984. She was always engaged in social service for the downtrodden and weaker sections of the society.

    Political Life of Mayawati

    Mayawatia’s initiation into politics took place with the formation of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in 1984 by Kansi Ram. This political party was specially formed to uphold the social, economic and political causes of the SC/STs. In April of 1984, Mayawati stood as a Lok Sabha candidate (Member of Parliament) for the first time from Kairana constituency in Muzaffarnagar District in Uttar Pradesh. Subsequently she stood as a Lok Sabha candidate from Bijnor and Hardwar in 1985 and 1989 respectively. Though the party lost in absolute terms, it was able to create substantial following for itself.

    The disorganized SC/STs with the efforts of Mayawati, Kansi Ram and Mahsood Ahmed overhauled the organization and gained support from other political groups. The efforts of Mayawati were rewarded, as she was elected for the first time as a Lok Sabha member from Bijnor in 1989. BSP received 9% of the popular votes and 13 Parliament seats. In 1994 she was elected to the Rajya Sabha for the first time. In 1995, while still a member of the Rajya Sabha (upper house of Parliament) she became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the first time in June 1995. She remained the 23rd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh till October 1995.

    In 1996 Mayawati resigned from Rajya Sabha and thereafter won from two constituencies and became Chief Minister for her 2nd term in 1997 and UP’s 24th. In 1998, Mayawati was re-elected to Lok Sabha for the second time, and again in 1999 for the third time. In 1999 she also had become the leader of BSP Parliamentary Party in Lok Sabha. Subsequently in 2001, Mayawati Naina Kumari succeeded Kanshi Ram as the leader of BSP. Mayawati, in 2004 was re-elected as a Rajya Sabha member for the second time and leader of BSP Parliamentary Party in Rajya Sabha.
    In Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Mayawati was elected fro the second time in 2002, and became the state’s 30th Chief Minister. Her 3rd term as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh extended for a longer period from May 2002 till August 2003. The 2007 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections proved successful for Bahujan Samaj Party as they won a majority. Mayawati became the 32nd Chief Minister and she herself assumed office for the 4th time in 12 years.

    BSP would form a role model government at the Centre

    Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Stating that the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is always striving for the welfare and uplift of the society, party chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati said her party will form a ”role model government” at the Centre since it will be voted to power in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

    Addressing an election campaign rally and a mammoth public meeting here tonight, Ms Mayawati appealed to the voters of the state to vote for BSP for a casteless society, equitable development, egalitarian society, consistency in progress, rooting out terrorism, empowering people, women’s welfare, eradication of poverty and sustainable farming.

    Dismissing the allegations that BSP is a caste-based party which opposes the uppre castes, she said the party had given opportunity to three from Brahmin community, three Muslims, Christians and other caste people in the BSP candidates list to fight the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu.

    Urging the people to reject the anti-people Congress and BJP parties in the polls, she said the BSP had neither fallen in the feet of any one for forging an alliance nor did it pleaded to anyone for achieving victory.

    She appealed to the party functionaries and workers to work for the victory of the party in all the forty seats in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

    Launching a scathing attack on the Dravidian parties in Tamil Nadu, she said some political parties wake up only during election period and offer free television sets, biriyani and arrack to woo the voters and ruin the lives of the people. But, BSP is the only party that fulfils the wishes of the people and never made bogus promises, which is why the party has come to power in Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time.

    Ms Mayawati claimed that her government in Uttar Pradesh had brought separate legislations and welfare boards for the welfare of various sections of the people.

    People were forced to take arms only if the governments fails to provide job opportunities to them and BSP alone could root out terrorism and extremism from the country, she claimed while adding that the Congress government at the Centre and some other parties ruling the states had failed to look into the basic problems of the people.

    The Congress government’s economic policy had made rich more richer and poor poorer.

    People should teach a lesson to the anti-people Congress and the communal BJP in the elections. ”We should win the elections to march towards Parliament,’’she said amid thunderous applause from the party cadres.

    BSP’s social engineering proving succesful: Karimpuri

    Phagwara, Apr 1 : Bahujan Samaj Party was actively working on Social
    Engineering, which was a most successful experience of BSP Supremo
    Mayawati, Punjab BSP President and Rajya Sabha Member Avtar Singh
    Karimpuri said here today.

    While talking to newspersons here, he claimed that Bahujan Samaj Party
    in Punjab had allotted party tickets to all categories of the society
    as two Brahmins, One Rajput, One Mahajan, two jats, three Backward
    Classes and four Scheduled Castes candidates were contesting Lok Sabha
    polls on BSP tickets in the state.

    Mr Karimpuri was here to launch the poll campaign of the BSP candidate
    Sukhwinder Singh ‘Sukhi’ to the people here.

    He claimed that BSP would emerge as most strongest alternative in
    the country and the BSP Chief Mayawati would be the next Prime
    Minister of the country.
    PM post is reserved for Prabuddha Bharatha Matha Mayawati !
    Of the (Best Secular Party) BSP
    Of the SC/ST !

    By the SC/ST !

    For the Peace, Happiness and welfare of the Entire Society !

    HenceVOTE BSP ELEPHANT as your noble Duty !

    FOR SELF RESPECT!

    GET A VOTE AND A NOTE!

    FOR BSP!

    DONT WAIT BUT BAIT!

    TO GRAB THE MASTER KEY!

    Mayawati

    Make me PM

    Write Down on the Wall was Dr. Ambedkar’s Sign !

    Two Thousand Nine !

    Will Be Mine !

    – Says Ms Mayawati Bahen !

    Now is all that you have!

    By voting for BSP, the Nation you save!

    2008 Bahen Mayawati the UttarPradesh Chief Minister !
    2009PrabuddhaBharatha Matha the Prime Minister !

    Image:Bahujansamajpartysymbol.png

    [Bahujan Samaj Party Flag]

    Most of the political pundits are suggesting a dramatic Bahujan Samaj Party win with Mayawati becoming the new Prime Minister.
    Mayawati stresses on door-to-door campaign
    ‘UP hui hamari hai, ab Delhi ki bari hai’ (UP is ours, now it is the turn of Delhi), will turn into a reality,” said Mayawati

    Social Transformation!

    And Economical Emancipation!

    Through

    Testing the efficacy of social engineering!

    By

    Mighty Great Mind Training!

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