- BJP is going to play big bet against BSP Chief Mayawati in the political riots of UP.
- Preparing to pit former Uttarakhand governor Baby Rani Maurya against Mayawati in UP elections
- BJP says Baby Rani will work towards denting BSP’s ‘Jatav’ vote share
BJP is going to play big bet against BSP Chief Mayawati in the political riots of UP. BJP is preparing to pit former Uttarakhand governor Baby Rani Maurya against Mayawati in the upcoming UP assembly elections.
BJP sources have confirmed that Baby Rani Maurya will work towards making a dent in the ‘Jatav’ vote base of the BSP. Till now, Jatavs have been firmly behind Mayawati and baby Rani Maurya also claims to be Jatav. When the former governor arrived in Lucknow earlier this week, she was greeted with posters and hoardings that prominently featured her Dalit sub-caste.
BJP focusing on Jatavs
Rakesh Gautam, a Jatav student at Lucknow University, said, ‘Ultimately we have a choice. Till now there was no Jatav leadership except Mayawati. A senior party functionary said that Baby Rani Maurya will address rallies in districts with a large Dalit population. “Till now we had focused on non-Jatav Dalits, but now we will also focus on Jatavs, as we have Jatav leaders,” the official said.
My family used to do leather and footwear and still do. For almost three decades, I am with the BJP as a Jatav.
baby rani maurya
Jatavs constitute a major part of Uttar Pradesh’s 21 per cent Dalit vote bank. It is around 11 per cent and this community has been the mainstay of Mayawati’s political journey. Any reduction in Jatav vote base will be bad news for BSP.
What did baby Rani Maurya say?
Baby Rani Maurya said, ‘I was born in this caste. My family used to do leather and footwear and still do. For almost three decades, I am with the BJP as a Jatav.
However, the BSP has kept silence on the entry of Baby Rani Maurya in UP politics. Now Mayawati’s election strategy may be spoiled by the BJP’s bets. In such a situation, what will happen next, all the political pundits are eyeing it.
File photo: Mayawati and baby Rani Maurya