LUCK NOW Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav, while invoking the names of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder Kanshi Ram and SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, said these two stalwart leaders successfully combined ‘Lohiaism’ and ‘Ambedkarism’. ‘ causing a change of power in Uttar Pradesh through his experiment.
The statement was made as the SP observed the 17th death anniversary of Kanshi Ram. The party will celebrate the first anniversary of Mulayam’s death on Tuesday. Akhilesh’s reference was to the 1993 experiment in which the SP and BSP came together in a pre-poll alliance and kept the BJP out of power when Mulayam Singh Yadav became the chief minister for the second time.
At a ceremony held in Saifai, Etawah, Akhilesh Yadav said, “Kanshi Ram played a pivotal role in inculcating self-respect and political consciousness among Dalits, positioning the Bahujan Samaj prominently in the landscape.” political”. Similar tributes were paid to Kanshi Ram in ceremonies held at all SP offices across the state.
In Lucknow, the SP state headquarters organized a ceremony attended by state president Naresh Uttam Patel, national secretary Rajendra Chaudhary, Samajwadi Ambedkar Vahini chief Mithai Lal Bharati, scheduled caste Samajwadi wing chief Rahul Bharati , along with many other party leaders and members, all paying their respects to Kanshi Ram.
Speakers at these events highlighted the collaborative efforts of Kanshi Ram and Mulayam Singh Yadav in the fight for social justice, fostering unity between OBCs and Dalits. They also pledged to ensure the victory of the ‘PDA (Pichada, Dalits, Alpsankhyak – Backwards, Dalits and Minorities)’ in the upcoming 2024 elections, with the aim of displacing the BJP from power.
Under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav, the SP started the tradition of commemorating the birth and death anniversaries of prominent Dalit figures, including the architect of the Constitution, Dr BR Ambedkar, and Kanshi Ram, beginning with the Lok Sabha elections of 2019. Although the alliance with its former rival, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), collapsed soon after the election results, the SP used the partnership to launch and solidify its outreach to the Dalit community.