New Delhi: The Allahabad High Court on Thursday banned caste based rallies in Uttar Pradesh, observing that such rallies divide the society. Parties say they welcome it, but the big question is whether this move will really stop vote bank politics.
Top leaders from Uttar Pradesh have made political capital by mobilising different castes. Now, the Allahahabad High Court order could change their political strategies. "HC has also issued notices to all political parties. It observed such rallies divide society," said petitioner Motilal Yadav.
With months to go for the General elections, this clamp down on caste based politics in the Hindi heartland which sends 80 Lok Sabha MPs to Parliament is bound to affect parties across the spectrum. "I welcome the HC ban on caste based rallies," said Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
"Caste, Communcal and regional politics is against the fabric of India. BJP doesn't organise caste based rallies," said BJP leader Rashid Alvi.
When BSP chief Mayawati built the Ambedkar Park, her idea was to appeal to her core constituency of Bahujan Samaj. The question is how the political parties whose idea of a campaign so far has been caste or community based mobilisation will reinvent themselves.
First a Supreme Court judgement disqualifying MPs and MLAs convicted of any offence and now the latest from the Allahabad HC, these steps could well change the rules of the electoral games.