Mayawati asks Brahmins to support BSP

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Lucknow, Nov 11 (UNI) Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BSP president Mayawati today appealed to Brahmins to join hands with her party, if they wanted to change Indian polity.

Addressing a state-level Brahmin Sammelan at the party's UP headquarters here, Ms Mayawati said since Independence, India's economic policy has ignored both dalits and upper castes.

''The Brahmins and Dalits lack job opportunity and economic prosperity...if we join hands, we can write a new economic policy, which will give both the communities a chance to prosper,'' she added.

The former CM maintained that in the 2007 assembly polls, the two communities could help each other. ''The two can help candidates from either community to win votes... If we are able to form a majority government in UP, the woes of the two would end.'' Later, addressing a news conference, Ms Mayawati said Brahmins could also help BSP increase its vote share in the next assembly elections.

Charging the Mulayam Singh Yadav government of ignoring the interests of all sections of the society, she said only goons and mafiaso had gained in the present rule. ''Let the BSP come to power. Either the criminals would flee UP or land up in jail.'' Maintaining that she had not termed Muslims as fundamentalists in her yesterday's media interaction, the former CM claimed that today's demonstration by the SP against her reported remarks was an effort to malign her. ''They can only burn effigies...a party without policies can only target others,'' she added.


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