Past, Present and Future Of Dalit(BAHUJAN) Politics in Uttar Pradesh

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Past, Present and Future Of Dalit(BAHUJAN) Politics in Uttar Pradesh
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The “Bahujan” word came in picture when one man Kanshi Ram pictured it!! It was year 1984 when Bahujan Samaj Party was formed by Mr Kashi ram. The word “Bahujan” does not only mean scheduled caste or scheduled tribe. Rather it comprise majority of population which constitute around 85 percent of population. In 1984, these 85 percent people were divided in around 6000 caste. It was Kashiram who brought all these caste into same string when he formed the party named Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP).

The party grew rapidly gaining the confidence of not only SC/ST and OBC but also Muslims. Kashiram travelled throughout uttar Pradesh gaining confidence and enticing people. Eventually he died after some time naming a young leader “MAYAWATI” as his successor. The first time when BSP got breakthrough in Indian politics was the year of 1993 when MAYAWATI came in coalition with Samajwadi Party making Mulayam Singh Yadav as chief minister.

Past, Present and Future Of Dalit(BAHUJAN) Politics in Uttar Pradesh
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In 2001, Kashiram died. From this time onwards BSP and Bahujan movement became synonym with Mayawati. The party reached it’s crescendo in the year 2007 when forming a full majority government in Uttar Pradesh. Government of BSP ran for full term of 5 years culminated in year 2012.

This was perhaps the golden time of Bahujan movement which was dream of Manyavar Kashiram. From then onwards the party degraded losing it’s sole vote Bank of sc/St people in the wave of hindutva which was proposed by BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

BJP and RSS enticed all SC/ST and OBC people showing them the threat of Muslim population in India. People fell prey to them and forgot Bahujan movement. This is one reason of people breaking away from BSP. The other reason being that people fell secluded from MAYAWATI. She never presented herself as mass leader, never went among poor people. All policies were made in ac rooms. People were angry with her and BJP seen this as opportunity and grabbed power.

Again, there is a situation in Uttar Pradesh similar to that of 1984. But, there is a difference this time. This time people are looking at a very young ,dynamic leader with great hope. The leader is “Chandrashekhar Azad Raavan“. People see in him their true leader. He belongs to Saharanpur district of Western UTTAR PRADESH. He eventually rose to power when he put a board depicting “The Great Chamar” in Ghadkoli village of Saharanpur District, Uttar Pradesh, India. This irked dominant ” Thakur” community of that area and they attacked Dalits of Ghadkoli. But Dalits under leadership of BHEEM ARMY founder retaliated with great valour. This event is a boost in Chandrasekhar’s political career. From then onwards people of Uttar Pradesh looking at him as alternative of BSP, who can fight bigotry and stedfast ideology of RSS.

The current situation in country is very horrendous at present.Every sector of economy is deteriorating. Employment vanished. Now there is a silent wave which is working against government. People are suffering and wants change. Bheem Army is one that can take the front seat.

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