BSP Supremo Mayawati sent out a strong message to voters asking them not to think about the party's candidates but vote for BSP unitedly. She said, “your Behenji… Dalit varg ki beti" while seeking votes.
This was done to ensure victory for her Muslim and Brahmin candidates, Her core voters include the dalit voters and hence this was her way to secure her vote bank as Lok sabha elections reach the sixth phase of polling.
The BSP has fielded maximum numbers of Brahmins (21) and Muslims (19) among the four major parties in the state.
She has fielded Salim Ahmed, a Muslim, from Kanpur and former MP Anil Shukla Warsi, a Brahmin, from neighbouring Akbarpur seat.
“Opposition parties’ leaders will tell you that there is a Muslim candidate or a Brahmin candidate (of BSP), but I would like to tell the Dalits that if the party wins these seats it will be a victory not for a Muslim or a Brahmin, but it will be Mayawati’s victory,” she said while addressing a rally in Kanpur for the party candidates from Kanpur and Akbarpur seats.
She also added, “Dalits have the strength of 2 to 2.50 lakh in every constituency. BSP is also getting support from some backward classes and some upper castes. If Muslim community wants to stop BJP from coming to power, it should not divide its vote and vote only for the BSP.”
“I would like to tell our Dalit supporters of Kanpur that whether these candidates come to your area seeking your votes or not, but you have to vote for BSP thinking that you are fighting this election for your Behenji. Don’t think about these candidates… victory will bring fame not only to these candidates, but it will also increase the stature of your Dalit varg ki beti. You have to strengthen your Behenji so that a Dalit’s daughter can also become Prime Minister,” she told a gathering which comprised mostly of of Dalits and Muslims, at Ramlila Maidan.
The former UP chief minister asked Muslims to vote for BSP and said, “Don't waste your votes on Congress or Samajwadi Party as these parties are not in a position to stop BJP from capturing power at the Centre”.