SP counters BSP strategy, reaches out to Brahmins

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Samajwadi Party has galvanised its Samajwadi Brahmin Sabha to attract Brahmin voters.

SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav has personally held meetings with Brahmin leaders of the party and asked them to motivate Brahmins towards the SP.

The move is being seen as an answer to the social engineering concept of the Bahujan Samaj Party, which has activated its Rajya Sabha MP Satish Chandra Mishra to reach out to the Brahmins after the party's defeat in the Assembly elections.

In the 2012 Assembly elections, 22 Brahmin MLAs won from the 42 candidates fielded by the SP.

"The party leadership has given us the task of bringing Brahmins in our fold. We need to fan out among the community to disseminate the message that SP is their party," Manoj Pandey, MLA and state president of the Samajwadi Brahmin Sabha, said.

Mulayam is taking personal interest and held a closed-door meeting with Brahmin leaders at the party headquarters on October 27. Another meeting of Brahmin leaders was held in Kanpur on October 2. During the meeting, Mulayam stressed that the SP had always held the Brahmins in high regard and cited examples of Madhu Limaye, Janeshwar Mishra and Brij Bhushan Tiwari as party stalwarts.

"Brahmins are respected in the SP. In the BSP, they have to touch feet of others," said Pandey, adding that during the Mayawati regime, every Brahmin icon was ignored.

The Samajwadi Brahmin Sabha has lined up a series of events. Already, a rally has been held at Mahoba on November 1. Now, a meeting of Brahmin leaders with Mulayam is scheduled on November 10. "For this, 10 Brahmins from every district who are resourceful and hold sway in their area will be shortlisted. All of them will be addressed by Mulayam. CM Akhilesh Yadav is also expected at the meeting," Pandey said.

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