Pawar Plays Mayawati Card Amid Maratha Stir in Maharashtra
Machiavellian Sharad Pawar has set the ball rolling to project Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati as the Dalit face in Maharashtra. The Congress and Nationalist Congress Party are keen to ensure an opening for Mayawati in the state to give direction to the presently directionless and divided Dalit groups in the state.
Mayawati fits the bill for many reasons. One, Mayawati still has a base amongst the Dalit groups in the Vidarbha region. Her mentor and BSP founder Kanshi Ram started his politics from Pune, influenced by Jyotirao Phule, and this can be made a sentimental issue during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Two, Pawar is playing the Marathas card but is determined to ensure that the BJP ploy to divide the Marathas from the Dalits does not succeed. And if Mayawati works with him this could weigh in favour of the Opposition parties.