Mayawati expels Dalit leader over anti-Brahmin FB post: Is she eyeing a repeat of 2007?
New Delhi, June 15: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has expelled a core cadre leader from her party for making objectionable remarks against Brahmins, suggesting that she is eyeing the upper-caste vote-bank for the UP Assembly election scheduled early next year.
The expelled leader, Sanjay Bharti, a Dalit---had allegedly posted some remarks against the Brahmins on his Facebook account, said an Economic Times report.
Bharti, however, defended himself saying he did not make any remarks against the Brahmins or any other case and blamed former BSP minister MA Lari and Pramod Gautam for defaming him. He hoped that Mayawati would know the "truth" and reverse her decision.
Bharti also said that his Facebook account had been hacked and somebody else had posted the remarks. He said that he came to know about his expulsion through the newspapers as the party did not inform him about the decision.
Bharti has been associated with the BSP since its inception and was appointed as the president of Salempur Assembly constituency.
Mayawati is eyeing to forge a Dalit-Brahmin vote-bank in the next election to repeat her success story of 2007. By targeting the Brahmin votes, the Dalit messiah is also expecting to avenging the defeat in the 2014 general election when the Narendra Modi wave had drawn the Dalits votes towards the BJP, leaving the BSP with no seats in the Lok Sabha.