Lucknow, August 8: As many as 16 outfits of Dalits, Muslims and OBCs, held a meeting in Delhi on Sunday with an agenda to plan the ouster of Bahujan Samaj Party President, Mayawati. The meeting was led mostly by former leaders of BSP and was brought together by Mayawati’s former lieutenant Naseemuddin Siddiqui.
"Sixteen political and non-political outfits from several states gathered today. The Committee will soon hold another meeting and we will form a joint front of Sarv Samaj and contest elections," said Siddiqui, post-meeting.
On being asked about the anti-Mayawati alliance, former BSP MP Pramod Kureel said, “The aura of Mayawati has been exposed now. Many leaders have left her in recent years but they are not organised. They all call themselves followers of Kanshi Ramji, but work alone. Hence, there was a need to bring them together. Our main aim is to give an identity and alternative to the Bahujan samaj.”
According to media reports, Kanshi Ram’s Bahujan Sangharsh Party, Indian National League, the Bahaman Mukti Morcha, film actor Rajpal Yadav’s Sarv Sambhav Party, a sister organisation of the All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees’ Federation, or BAMCEF were the outfits present meeting.
The BSP has only 5 MPs in Rajya Sabha and has no presence in Lok Sabha and a mere 19 MLAs in the UP legislative Assembly. Also, Mayawati's dramatic resignation from the Rajya Sabha last month, saying she was not being allowed to speak on Dalit issues, brought to the fore the changing dynamics of Dalit politics in Uttar Pradesh.