Mayawati to challenge Modi in 2019?

October 9, 2018 0 comments

As the next parliamentary election 2019 are approaching, the demand for Mayawati has dramatically gone up. All the national and regional parties are cozing up with her to have an electoral understanding to defeat BJP. She represents millions of India’s poorest citizens is now the country’s most sought-after politician, vowing to end caste discrimination and build a society based on equality and fairness, she has become a messiah for oppressed communities. Mayawati, an icon of country’s traditionally oppressed Dalits who were once known as “untouchables,” is central to opposition efforts to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reelection in 2019. With rising sectarian tensions leading to stronger political unity among Dalits — a swing force that consists of about 16.6 percent of country’s population — many parties are turning to Mayawati to forge an alliance ahead of general elections.

Now the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh — the country’s most populous state — may be a front runner for prime minister if there’s a hung parliament.  ” There is a possibility that she could even be a prime ministerial candidate — the whole idea of having such a prominent Dalit leader as prime minister will be tempting for lot of other parties as it will give them some edge.”

As the election year approaches, Mayawati is gradually striking one-on-one deals with smaller, regional outfits to strengthen her position and improve her bargaining power. With her political survival at stake, she forged a surprise alliance with her rival, the Samajwadi Party, for elections in Uttar Pradesh. The move helped them defeat BJP candidates in some of their strongholds in recent by-elections.

Mayawati, known as “behenji has also tied up with Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka, Indian National Lok Dal in Haryana and Janta Congress in Chhattisgarh. She is trying to expand her stronghold in Uttar Pradesh to as many as 18 other states. “Mayawati is the only leader who has transferable votes. “When you talk of a coalition, she is a formidable force.” Post Bhima Koregoan incident, “Dalit issues will be one of the major factors in the 2019 elections.” Dalit loyalty to her is so high that they vote for whichever party she allies with. Now, as Dalit resentment against Modi grows amid rising atrocities, she is expanding her political ambitions. BUT WILL IT WORK in front of formidable BJP RSS might?

 

Prashant Tewari

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