The BJP’s Brahmin outreach program in Uttar Pradesh drew flak from opposition on Saturday, with the BSP and Congress claiming that the community has faced “oppression” over the past four years of BJP rule, and the party recalls now with a view to the upcoming state polls.
The BJP has announced a series of conferences for the “enlightened class” starting today in all 403 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh.
During the program, the BJP plans to reach out to people from different walks of life including teachers, engineers, doctors, literati and to discuss the works and plans that the governments in the Center and in the state have launched for the masses .
The BSP, which began organizing similar programs from July 23 in an effort to rise to power with the support of all walks of life, as it did in 2007, hit the bull’s eye, blaming the ruling party from “copying” her idea.
The success of the BSPs”Prabuddh Varg Sammelan(meeting of intellectuals) has alarmed the BJP, BSP chief Mayawati said on Friday.
In an important symbolic step, the BSP, led by its National Secretary General Satish Chandra Misra, launched its campaign from Ayodhya to reach out to Brahmin voters and ensure their interests are protected should the party come to power.
Like the BSP, the Samajwadi party has been holding a series of intellectuals meetings since August 23.
Now that the BSP, the Samajwadi party and now the BJP have made clear their plans to pull out all the stops to win over the Brahmins, who make up 13% of the state’s population, Congress claimed that the parties with the elections in mind.
“If the BJP, BSP and SP have so much love for the Brahmins, why don’t they project a Brahmin face as the top ministerial candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Uttar Pradesh?” UP Congress media convener Lalan Kumar said.
“The reality is that Congress has given Uttar Pradesh the most number of Brahmin prime ministers – six. The parties that do all kinds of drama to win over the Brahmins should tell how many Brahmin prime ministers they have given,” said Lalan Kumar.
The congress leader also claimed that the Brahmins have faced maximum “oppression” under the current BJP government.
The BJP, which braced itself for the crucial state polls in politically important Uttar Pradesh, has made an effort to reach out to the Brahmins who had played a key role in their massive victory in 2017.
Recently, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister Dr Mahendra Pandey and Union Minister of Home Affairs Ajay Mishra attended a conference in Lucknow.
The BJP has announced that an “intellectual class” meeting will be held in 17 cities today and from September 6 to 20 in all 403 constituencies of the state.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP National Vice President and Head of State Radha Mohan Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, State Unit President Swatantra Dev Singh, State General Secretary (Organization) Sunil Bansal, State Joint General Secretary (Organization) Karmveer Singh, Central Ministers and officials at the national and state levels will address these meetings.
Earlier in June, senior congressional leader Jitin Prasada had joined the ruling party and is expected to be projected as the Brahmin face of the BJP.
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