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BSP welcomes upper castes to the party fold
Milli Gazette Online
Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party threw open its doors to Brahmins and other upper castes, promising Cabinet berths to all those who win election on the party’s tickets on June 9 at a meet of Brahmins here. Dismissing the party’s “pro-Dalit” image as a canard spread by the Opposition, BSP chief Mayawati extended offer of tickets to the upper castes in the assembly and parliamentary elections.
Mayawati said that votebanks of the Congress and the BJP have been shattered and only the BSP can outseat the Mulayam government in Uttar Pradesh.
She said that the BSP was open not only to Brahmins but all the upper castes. BSP was never against the upper castes and also Hinduism. The Opposition spread this canard to get political mileage.
Mayawati also dealt a threat to CM Mulayam Singh Yadav, “Shri Mulayam Singh Yadavji, let Assembly polls come and I will reduce your party to the status of 1991 when the Samajwadi Party got only 30 seats out of the total 425 that time (before creation of Uttranchal).
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