With an eye on Brahmin vote bank, BSP supremo Mayawati has expelled a core cadre leader for making objectionable remarks against Brahmins.
BSP leader Sanjay Bharti (a Dalit), in-charge of the Salempur (Deoria) assembly segment, had allegedly posted some remarks against Brahmins on his facebook account. However, Bharati has denied making the post, claiming that his account was hacked.
“Some BSP leaders had hatched a conspiracy to defame me,” Bharti added.
Bharati’s alleged comment against Brahmins has angered locals in the area. The BSP supporters demanded strict action against the member who was trying to ‘flare up caste tensions’.
However, Bharati called himself loyal to the BSP. I have lodged a complaint at the Deoria Kotwali police station. I informed the district president as well as senior party leaders that my account was hacked but they are not convinced,” he said.
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Brahmins, who constitute an estimated 10 per cent of the population in UP, were traditional Congress voters until the BJP weaned away a significant section. All the major parties will eyeing to corner Brahmin votes in the state.