Friday, May 12, 2017
BSP is heading towards the end
Bahujan Samajwadi Party founded by late Kanshi Ram was committed to uplifting the Dalits, downtrodden and weaker sections of the society. It believed in the principle propounded by Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Amedkar, the maker of Indian constitution. BSP’s main plank was the creation of Bahujan Samaj. But in contrary to its avowed policies and principles after the passing away of Kanshi Ram, BSP under former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati pursued her own personal, political agenda and interest above everything else. As Mayawati was second in command in BSP when Kanshi Ram was its supremo, she naturally became all in all of the party after his death. In the beginning, BSP appealed to the weaker section of the society very much. And on the basis of this appeal among Dalits and weaker section of society, Mayawati adorned the post of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh four times. She had raised a hope among Dalits, minority and weaker section for a better future. But all their hopes were dashed to the ground. Only one thing remained visible during Mayawati’s regime was her personal aggrandizement and enormous increase in her wealth. But after losing UP assembly elections in 2012 and her subsequent eviction from power, BSP got weaker and weaker. Except a little tighter law and order in her regime, corruption ruled the roost. Instead of improving the economic and educational condition of Dalits and the people of weaker section in society, she concentrated her attention on building vast and big statues of Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram, BSP’s election symbol elephant and of herself in the park in Lucknow, which is specially meant for that. As long as Mayawati was in power, she was rule and regulation in herself and no party leader dared speak before her about what is right or wrong. She was always surrounded by a team of buffoon. As far as amassing wealth is concerned, BSP supremo has reportedly tops all other political leaders. Though she had come from a poor family, she started living a royal life after coming to power. If the news paper report is anything to go by, the property of her brother increased many folds. Her own property has reportedly increased more than hundred times. All this shows that BSP supremo Mayawati forgot the main principle of the party to uplift the poor, Dalit and downtrodden in the society. She forgot even the principles of Kanshi Ram and Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar. The top ranking leaders of BSP left the party one by one with the approach of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. All those senior leaders who either left the party or were expelled from it alleged that Mayawati gave ticket to fight assembly elections after taking money. They have alleged that Mayawati sold tickets. The senior most leader to leave the BSP first was Swamy Prasad Maurya. He resigned from BSP and joined BJP before UP assembly elections. Now the Muslim face of BSP Naseemuddin Siddqui was expelled from the party. He alleged that Mayawati demanded Rs. 50 Crore for party from him. Siddqui’s son was also expelled. BSP is passing through one crisis after another. It is also clearly seen that after three consecutive defeats, the party is facing existential crisis. It is also clearly visible that BSP has lost connectivity with its vote banks- Dalits and Muslims. They are disillusioned with BSP’s performance. Swamy Prasad Maurya and Naseem Siddqui were two pillars of BSP. So after their exit, BSP supremo Mayawati will have to reconnect with her vote banks to bounce back in the reckoning of UP politics. Otherwise, BSP is doomed to finish.The BSP in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections faced a humiliating defeat. The party managed to secure only 19 seats out of the total 403 seats.In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the party failed to win even a single seat. The falling graph of the BSP raises question about the possibility of its existence, and if this diminishing trend continued to go on, it is bound to be finished without turning the dream of Kanshi Ram and Baba Saheb Ambedkar into a reality .