Ahead of assembly UP polls, Maya woos Brahmins

Wooing Brahmins ahead of the Assembly Election in UP, CM Mayawati supported reservation for the poor and unemployed among upper castes.

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2011, 19:41 PM IST

Lucknow: Wooing Brahmins ahead of the
Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Mayawati
on Sunday supported reservation for the poor and unemployed among
upper castes.

Despite upper castes remaining at the helm for several
years, most Brahmins, barring a few, had remained backward,
economically and in other areas, and faced problems of poverty
and unemployment, she told a `Brahmin Bhaichara Sammelan`
here.

"This is the main reason why poor and unemployed people
among the upper castes have been demanding reservation on
economic basis in the sphere of education and government jobs.

"The BSP fully supports this," Mayawati said adding she
had written letters to the Prime Minister several times in
this regard.

The Sammelan was organised by the BSP as a show of
strength for the community which had played an important role
in party`s success in the 2007 assembly election.

An idol of Elephant God Ganesh was displayed prominently
on the stage. Elephant is the symbol of the BSP.

The Chief Minister said she had given due representation
to Brahmins in her government and gave them important
responsibilities.

She also took the opportunity to remove misconceptions
among the Brahmins that only a few of them and their close
relatives had benefited during her rule.

Mayawati said Brahmins and upper castes had embraced the
BSP ideology before the last Vidhan Sabha election as they
were neglected by the previous governments.

PTI