Brahmins and Dalits, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan
Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati is all set to woo Muslims,
Kshatriyas and Vaishyas at a mega rally here Sunday, party leaders
According to party sources, "members of the three communities will
converge at the Ramabai Ambedkar grounds in unprecedented
"We have been working for this rally for quite sometime and we are
confident that the call given by us will draw lakhs of party
supporters belonging to these communities," said a party spokesman
closely supervising the arrangements for the event.
Heavy police deployment has been planned from Saturday evening as
batches of BSP supporters from different corners of the state have
started arriving. According to Lucknow's Director General of
Police D.K. Thakur, "nearly 10,000 policemen will be on duty to
regulate the crowds".
What Mayawati has in store for them remains a mystery, but
speculation is that she is likely to make some political
Preparations for the rally have been afoot for almost a month and
with the final touches now being given, a large part of the state
capital is literally painted in BSP's blue.
The nearly 12 km-long route from the chief minister's residence to
the venue is flanked by huge blue hoardings, bearing Mayawati's
portrait with tiny insets of other leaders like Kanshi Ram,
Babasaheb Ambedkar, Jyotiba Phule and Narain Guru.
Each of these countless hoardings bears a standard format with the
only difference in the footnote - that carries the name of the
sponsor who is invariably a ruling party minister or a party
functionary. For a change, some of them have been allowed to print
their own pictures on the hoardings - something otherwise banned
in the highly regimented party.
Evidently, the sponsors have spared no efforts in driving home the
message of the rally to the targeted communities. Even the names
of the communities are written in the colours usually representing
them. Thus, while "Muslims" is painted in green, "kshatriyas" is
in red and "vaishyas" in yellow.
The rally comes close on the heels of last month's Dalit-Brahmin 'bhai-chara'
sammelan that drew tremendous crowds.