Mayawati's birthday resolution and a plan to 'regain lost ground'
- Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati's birthday remained a low-key affair with no pomp and show
- The last time that Mayawati contested the state election in UP was in partnership with the Samajwadi Party in 2019
- The BSP benefitted in the 2019 Lok Sabha election when the party bagged 10 out of the 80 seats
Announcing her 65th birthday resolution, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Friday declared that her party would not enter into an alliance with any other party to contest the next state assembly elections in both Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Also unlike the past when she was in power, this birthday remained a low-key affair with no pomp and show. With the state's resources no more at play, she chose to observe so much austerity that even her characteristic giant birthday cake was missing.
“My party will contest each and every seat in UP and in Uttarakhand when the two states go to poll in 2022, but we do not intend to ally with any other party and will go it alone,” she said in a statement issued by a party spokesman. She had already directed her party to keep her birthday celebrations simple and austere.
Her assertion comes amidst speculation that BSP would strike an electoral deal with Asad Uddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen(AIMIM), which is looking for a poll partner to contest the next UP state elections. Emboldened with his success in Bihar where his party bagged five seats, Owasi is all set to test the waters in UP, where he hopes to make his mark.
The last time that Mayawati contested the state election in UP was in partnership with the Samajwadi Party in 2019. While it failed to win anything more than 19 of the 403 state assembly seats in 2017, the BSP benefitted in the 2019 Lok Sabha election when the party bagged 10 out of the 80 seats. Significantly, BSP had not won a single seat at the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Yet, Mayawati decided to break her alliance with the Samajwadi Party.
Even as she has been lying low and avoiding any direct confrontation with the ruling BJP, the BSP chief went to the extent of claiming that her party would form the next state government in UP. “Just as we succeeded in forming the government in 2007, we will do it again in 2022,” she declared. “To regain lost ground, the BSP plans to win back the support of Brahmins, backward classes and Muslims,” she added.
Urging her party to keep her birthday a simple affair, she said, "My birthday should be celebrated as ‘jan-kalyankari diwas’ in a simple manner,” and all partymen were asked to follow the COVID-19 guidelines.
Earlier, through a series of tweets, Mayawati had urged her party workers to “assist the poor and underprivileged who had to face acute hardships on account of the pandemic.”
Her birthday was observed by BSP workers in each of the state’s 75 districts, where she told the workers to help migrants, farmers, labourers, and others who had been adversely affected by the economic slowdown.
Today’s celebrations were in sharp contrast to the pomp and show that used to be witnessed on all her birthdays while she remained in power. Even the special cakes that used to be cut on her birthdays were missing. Interestingly, her birthday used to be observed as “arthik sahyog diwas” (financial support day) while she remained in power. And collecting funds was done quite blatantly by not only all her party functionaries, MPs, MLAs, and ministers but even by government officials who were given coupons to mobilise funds.