UP polls: Mayawati says she is confident about Brahmin votes

While launching a fresh campaign ahead of Assembly elections, former CM and BSP supremo Mayawati said she is confident that the Brahmin community in Uttar Pradesh will support her party in upcoming polls.

The veteran Dalit leader’s appeal to Brahmins comes amid reports that the Brahmin community feels sidelined by the saffron party’s Yogi Adityanath government in the state.

“I’m very hopeful that Brahmins will not vote for the BJP in the next Assembly polls. A campaign in the leadership of BSP General Secretary SC Mishra will be launched from Ayodhya on July 23 to connect with Brahmin community and assure them that their interests are safe in BSP rule only,” NDTV quoted Mayawati as saying.

She went on to say: “The BJP and Congress used all means to influence Dalits. They used money power, people say, made false promises, and even used media to influence Dalit community. But the good thing is that Dalits have not been mislead by these fake promises. Though we lost the last assembly election, the vote percentage from the Dalit community has been intact. It has not even gone to the Samajwadi party. The Brahmin community are regretting their votes to the BJP in the last elections. The BJP will again make attempts to mislead the people as they begin campaigning for state polls.”

Former CM said that the Brahmin community will support her party like in 2007.

In 2007, Mayawati came to power on the back of a unique combination – the majority of 21 per cent Dalit vote coupled with the 11 per cent Brahmin vote.