There are several factors which can be held responsible behind the Minorities showing apprehension towards boarding BSP boat. First, the party does not have any concrete or convincing stuff in store for Minorities and secondly, the fact that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) soft corner towards BSP is acting as filter towards gaining Minorities’ confidence. BJP-BSP alliance has already formed government in the state in the 90’s.

The BSP is training its guns on Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government over the Muzaffarnagar communal riots. According to Mayawati, Muslims can understand the political tussle going on between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Narendra Modi. She is probably pointing towards the parallel rallies of the Samajwadi Party (SP) chief and Gujarat Chief Minister. Mayawati is looking into the issue of polarization of Hindu and Muslim votes towards SP and BJP.

The high turnout at SP rally in Allahabad last week also added to the worries of Mayawati. It’s mainly due to this very reason, Mayawati drew the reference of Kareli Madarsa incident and came down heavily on Mulayam. By recalling incidents of exploitation against young girls in Kareli, Mayawati tried to project SP’s insensitivity towards the issue.

The BSP may be well trying to push Muslims away from the SP, but the task won’t be an easy one and even the Muslim leaders of Mayawati-led party are silently admitting this very fact. According to them, the ex-Uttar Pradesh chief minister did not speak much during Muzaffarnagar riots and the Minorities are finding it difficult to digest the way Mayawati is speaking about the populist measures.

Mulayam is organizing rallies after rallies in order to appease Muslims. However, the BSP is finding it difficult to manage the scheme of things.

Another problem with Mayawati is that she has never stuck to the party’s principles and policies for a long time. BSP, which is always in the lookout to play opportunistic politics contested the 1993 polls in alliance with SP and showed no hesitation in propelling its political vehicle ahead with the Congress in 1996.

If this was not enough, the party joined hands with the saffron outfit after elections to form government and it also kept on providing support to the UPA government at Centre.

Taking these factors into consideration, the reluctant attitude of Minorities has become a problem for the BSP.


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