New Delhi: A huge setback in the Lok Sabha Elections 2009 has left Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati shell-shocked.
During the election campaigns Mayawati could never hide her ambitions to become the country's prime minister. However, the Lok Sabha Elections results have shattered the her dreams. She is quite literally on a rampage, targeting not only her senior party leaders but even state bureaucrats and top cops whom she feels were not faithful during the elections.
"They chose the development agenda. Maya was not on this agenda. So they rejected the BSP in Parliament poll," said former UP DGP, K L Gupta.
Shocked with the elections results Mayawati has called review meetings with her leaders and bureaucrats. A stern warning has been given to her ministers while unfaithful bureaucrats have been shifted out.
Since, May 16 after the Lok Sabha elections were out Mayawati has fired more than 100 chairpersons of various boards and corporations. Transferred more than 34, IPS and nine IAS officials where BSP lost elections.
She has dissolved all district level election committees and Brahmin-Bhaichara committees across the country, suspended two BSP MLAs from Uttrakhand and brought back her trusted bureaucrat Fateh Bahadur Singh as UP's Home Secretary.
Mayawati's social engineering formula brought her to a thumping victory in the 2007 assembly elections. BSP was way a head of its rival parties in preparations of the Lok Sabha elections. But this time anti-incumbency seems to have outdone Mayawati's social engineering.
"Jab main Lucknow jaata hoon , to woh brahmin unki ninda karte hain. Jo Brahmin Mayawati ke saath hai, voh naukar ki tarah hai (When I go to Lucknow, Brahmins criticise Mayawati. Those Brahmins who are with Mayawati are like servants to her,)" said President, Akhil Bhartiya Brahmin Mahasabha, Raj Bali Tewari.
"It is her own work and performance that matters. Public does not take kindly to it, that is why she has been punished by the UPA electorate," said Muslim leader, Khalid Rasheed.
In the corridors of power in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati's autocratic style of functioning is well known. But this is also true that Mayawati's social engineering has fallen apart in these elections.
Instead of blaming her bureaucrats for the party's debacle, the Dalit queen could do well to analyse real reasons for her defeat rather than blame the bureaucrats.