THREAT FROM BHEEM SENA CHIEF LEADS TO REORIENTATION OF STRATEGY
Threatened by the rise of Chandra Shekhar Ravan of Bheem Sena and sharp erosion in her support base, BSP national president and former Chief Minister Mayawati has played aggressive Brahmin card by appointing young Riteish Pande as leader of BSP in Lok Sabha. This is the fourth reshuffle in the party leaders from top to state level since Lok Sabha polls.
Earlier it was felt that Mayawati was playing Dalit-Muslim card – that is why she appointed Danish Ali as party leader in Lok Sabha. Mayawati is unnerved by the manner in which Chandra Shekhar Ravan of Bheem Sena has emerged as potential Dalit leader with mass following. Ravan demonstrated his strength recently through massive demonstration at Jana Masjid against CAA and NRC. Frustrated Mayawati charged Ravan of being a BJP stooge and objected pushing people from Uttar Pradesh to dharna in Delhi. Mayawati is worried with the sharp erosion of support base and senior leaders leaving one after another.
More so, unlike Mayawati who does not meet anybody, Chandra Shekhar Ravan is always available to leaders and workers. BSP got jolt when all MLAs of her party left her and joined Congress in Rajasthan. In other states too, BSP is facing large exodus of party workers and leaders. Out of desperation, Mayawati is busy in experimenting in the party organisation. Earlier Mayawati brought her brother Anand Kumar and made him vice-president of the party. But when his name was linked in certain controversies she dropped him and brought his son Akash who has been given an important position.
Sometime ago, she gave importance to party coordinators, but when this system failed to deliver in the elections, she immediately brought about zonal system.
Unlike her mentor Kansiram who was available to his party leaders and workers, Mayawati has made herself inaccessible to party leaders and workers. She meets very few leaders and there is total disconnect with public. Mayawati has opposed CAA and NRC inside and outside Parliament, but she refrained from any protest or opposition meeting.
Mayawati is worried that BJP and Samajwadi Party and Congress have succeeded in eating her non-jatav support base that is why sometime she looks towards Muslims and now towards Brahmins to retain important position in state politics.
Mayawati believes that powerful Brahmin community is upset with BJP at the manner in which CM Yogi Adiyanath is playing aggressive Thakur card giving important positions to them in administration.