Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Supremo Mayawati has batted for reservation for upper caste poor, based on their economic background. Mayawati said that “if government will bring any ordinance or bill for reservation upto 18 per cent or above for poor people in upper caste keeping their economic status in mind, my party will support this.”
Earlier in 2017 also, Mayawati promised to extend quota benefits to the poor among the upper castes. While addressing a public meeting ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017, she had said that if BSP come to power, the party will extend the reservation benefit to the poor in the upper castes based on their economic status.
However, even after her tall claims, the BSP just managed to win 19 seats in the UP Assembly Elections, while the BJP swept the state while winning over 300 seats. This is even after Mayawati’s claim that if BJP comes to power, they will end reservation facility to Dalits and backwards.
Mayawati’s latest claim on the same subject holds significance owing to the Lok Sabha Elections next year. Also, when the call for her name for prime ministerial candidature is gaining strength.
Recently, JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda said that he doesn’t have any issues with Mayawati’s name being projected as the PM candidate. This is coming even as the Congress is trying to stitch an alliance with the Opposition parties to rally a united Third Front against PM Narendra Modi-led NDA government.
Prior to this, Republic TV had accessed a political scoop from the poll-bound state of Madhya Pradesh that Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have agreed upon an alliance in the state with 60:40 seat sharing formula. Congress leader Kamal Nath had ensured alliance between the two parties. It was also being said that the proposal has been approved by Rahul Gandhi himself in principle
Earlier, in May, during HD Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony, Mayawati was seen sharing a bonhomie with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony was a show of strength of the Opposition as most of the leaders of the Opposition attended the event. The ceremony was also seen as opposition unity against the PM Modi-led NDA government. The opposition bonhomie also indicated that the third front is gaining momentum.