Lucknow: A legislator from the ruling Samajwadi Party has exposed that how devious were the claims made by the Uttar Pradesh leader Akhilesh Yadav at the time of election campaign. A renowned daily from Maharashtra, 'Saamna', quoted Abrar Ahmad (SP Legislator from Sultanpur), as saying that UP government has pulled its hands from over the Brahmins residing in Uttar Pradesh.
The shocker came from his side when he revealed that such instructions are directed by the UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The report has been published on the page number 6 of the Saamna sandhy dainik (Evening Daily). Abrar, while urging to stop the slaughtering of Cow in Waldiraye area, said this to a representative of the Brahmins community.
Mentioning a foolproof reason, Abrar said that why I should help Brahmins when I won because of the votes stamped for me by Muslims. He also said that Akhilesh Yadav directed all the legislators during a meeting that no help should be provided to Brahmins in the state. He also pitched SP Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's name. He said that Yadav too gave such instructions to the state legislators.
The veterans from the party also believe that Brahmins share their part of vote with BSP and Congress Parties and it was the only reason behind the crowning of former BSP government in the state. It was not the limit for the SP legislator as he went on saying that it was people from my community who helped me winning the election and hence I am not at all keen to lend a hand to any of the Brahmins.
How a legislator from the ruling government can make such statements in public? And if he does, should an immediate action be taken against him? The statement directly hurts the sentiments of a particular section of the society in the state. Politics has nothing to do with the caste of people and also when it comes to the voting rights in a democratic country India, every citizen has the right to vote for his favorite contestant.
If legislators are deliberately ignoring Brahmins in the state to hamper their sentiments on the directions of the veteran leader like Mulayam Singh then we think that the ruling government has no right to manage the affairs of the state. Chief Minister vowed to take care of each and every citizen of the state but such orders, if directed by him, directly invokes casteism.
We also cannot forget that Akhilesh Yadav's cabinet consists of few senior Brahmin leaders like Brahma Shankar Tiwari and Kameshwar Upadhyay. Also, the legislator from Ayodhya is the Minister of State in Akhilesh's cabinet.
The question here also is that SP came into power without the Brahmin votes?
Near about, 16% of voters are Brahmins from the total voting population in the state, a whooping percentage indeed. The chief minister himself described the importance of Brahmins votes as he said that Brahmins were responsible in delivering the crown to the Mayawati run former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
But this is for sure that if SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav along with party legislators are build up with such mindset, they will lose votes from Brahmins in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections.
By Nitish Kapoor & Shobhit Kalra