Pawar Plays Mayawati Card Amid Maratha Stir in Ma­ha­rash­tra

The Day After - - STATES DIARY -

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.

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