Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I don’t wish to be speculative at all. BSP, with Mayawati driving it full throttle, has made its presence felt very strongly at the centre. Recently, TDP chief Chandra Babu Naidu expressed hopes of changing the face of politics in a big way at the centre by collaborating with ‘regional’ parties like BSP. He was all praises for Maya and suggested a future partnership rooting its hope on its good performance in the next lok-sabha elections.
There is one major flaw in what Mr. Naidu said. He made the big mistake of counting BSP as a ‘regional’ party! Mayawati’s maya is spreading across the country like wild fire. The recent win in the assembly polls in UP was just a small testimony to the fact that BSP has arrived in the centre stage quite convincingly. It remains to be seen whether this development is for the good or bad but this is a totally different story; it would depend on whether she adheres to her old policies of irrational appeasement or delivers to the new demands that have been created by her new electoral partnerships. BSP is taking advantage of the divided Maharashtra politics. Even though it may never be able to fare well in the urban areas of Maharashtra, it may be expected to do exceptionally well in other parts of the state.
Tamil Nadu is another flourishing state for BSP. But here the turf is tough considering the two party atmospheres in the state. But if Maya is able to make good of the minority strength in Tamil Nadu it could mean a revelation. Of course it would be preposterous to think of a very big show by BSP in Tamil Nadu because the ruling party’s appeasement policies have been working wonders in the lower ranks of the voting public. But, a good performance is nevertheless expected in the state which has more than 60% reservation provisions in education and jobs for the ‘lower’ caste people.
With the UP assembly victory the BSP may just have hit the gold mine of dalit politics in India.
Posted by Prasoon Joshi at Wednesday, May 30, 2007