Mayawati back to basics, nominates dalits for Rajya Sabha

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 05 November 2014 | 07.20

LUCKNOW: In a bid to hold on to her depleting dalit vote base, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Wednesday announced names of two dalits — Rajaram and Veer Singh Advocate — for Rajya Sabha nominations.

BSP has 80 MLAs in UP state assembly and can nominate only two candidates in Rajya Sabha. It could not win even a single seat in Lok Sabha election in which a section of dalits voted for the BJP.

Addressing mediapersons, Mayawati said that she decided two nominate two dalits because of limited choice. "I believe in sarvjan (equal representation to all) policy but at present it is not possible for me to give equal representation to dalits, upper castes, backward classes and Muslim, hence I have decided to nominate two dalits, which is core vote base of the BSP," she said.

Replying to allegations leveled by former party member Akhilesh Das who resigned from the BSP after being denied Rajya Sabha ticket, Mayawati said "Das came to BSP from Congress in 2008. After joining, he levelled several allegations against Rahul Gandhi. He also promised that he will bring Vaishya community close to the BSP. That's why I sent him to Rajya Sabha. However, he failed to deliver. He did nothing for the party and did not take part in Rajya Sabha proceedings. On October 21 this year, he came to meet me and offered Rs 100 crore for party fund for re-nomination but I refused. I told him even if you give Rs 200 crore, I will not give ticket to you."

Mayawati said that she also told Das that she gets enough voluntary contribution from party cadre to contest elections and run the organisation. "Party workers are poor but they contributed religiously. Their small contribution is enough for the party," she said. She also said that she has decided to nominate people from the cadre in Rajya Sabha and state legislative council. "Both Rajaram and Veer Singh Advocate are old party members," she said. Rajaram is from Azamgarh and Veer Singh from Moradabad.,Bahujan Samaj Party,dalit vote base,BSP

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