Mayawati can be Opposition’s PM candidate, Rahul Gandhi yet to prove his mettle: BSP spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Sudhindra Bhadoria, in an interview to Firstpost, said that Mayawati is a credible Dalit face for the office of prime minister. He also said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has to wait because he is yet to prove his mettle as a leader.
Bhadoria, the sole authorised spokesperson of the party, expressed confidence that the grand alliance will project the BSP supremo as its prime ministerial candidate ahead of the 2019 election.
Do you think Mayawati can be the prime ministerial face for the proposed grand alliance (mahagathbandhan) against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi recently mentioned?
Yes, Mayawati ji has all the qualities to be the prime ministerial face in 2019. She is the foremost leader and the most credible face of the Dalits, OBCs and the poor in the country. For three-and-a-half decades, she has been at the forefront of the movement for the empowerment of this section. She has a proven track record as an efficient administrator, who handled the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh with an iron fist. She has been Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister for four terms and a member of Rajya Sabha. During her tenure, the state had registered a growth rate of 9 percent, as compared to 3.5 percent earlier. Apart from Ajit Jogi, Om Prakash Chautala and HD Kumaraswamy have also pitched for her as the prime ministerial face in 2019.
What is your view about the possibility that a unilateral announcement of Mayawati as the prime ministerial face for 2019 may leave other aspirants unhappy, and the grand coalition fragile?
It won’t be a unilateral decision, as all the Opposition parties will join hands to make her the prime ministerial candidate. India has got prime ministers from every community. It is the Dalit community that has faced oppression and neglect for decades. For instance, Babu Jagjivan Ram, despite being a tall leader in the Congress, was denied the opportunity of being the prime minister. So, why not a prime minister from this community? This time, the Opposition parties should show magnanimity by providing this opportunity to the ‘Dalit beti’ Mayawati ji.
Courtesy: The First Post