UP ELECTIONS: AKHILESH YADAV SLAMS BJP ON FARMERS PROTEST

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav called for a ‘leadership change’ in Uttar Pradesh, by expressing confidence in the upcoming 2022 Assembly elections. A rally organised in Ambedkar Nagar in East UP by two former BSP leaders Lalji Verma and Ram Achal Rajbhar has initiated SP’s assertion of their caste identity politics for the elections as both leaders are from OBC communities. Leaders who were ousted from BSP ignited a conversation in both opposition parties on mobilizing the non-upper caste votes in the state with all parties weighing in. “This time there will be an inquilab (revolt) of the backward [classes] during the election. And there will be change in 2022,” Akhilesh Yadav said in the rally. 

 

OBC castes make up 40-45% in the state’s population with Yadavs making a fifth of it. BJP has successfully pitted the non-Yadav castes against Yadavs who make up the majority of the vote base of SP. SP’s current projection of former BSP leaders comes as an outreach to non-Yadav voters. Both leaders were senior BSP leaders and five-time MLAs in the state. “Both leaders wanted Parivartan, to do something for the honour of those people who were kept despondent for thousands of years. those who lived under discrimination. We did not succeed in that attempt,” said the BSP chief referring to Ambedkar and Lohia whom they claim to have brought together in the previous alliance with BSP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He focused his speech on strengthening Ambedkar’s ideology and emphasised on the long list of BSP members joining the party. The leader also slammed the BJP on the farmers’ protest referring to the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and said how could the farmers forgive the saffron party. 

 

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