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Saturday, November 29, 2003

Why isn't Mayawati a reformer?

This is something that puzzles me. Why isn't Mayawati an economic reformer?

Shouldn't she be? Why doesn't she make divestment an election issue. Most public sector sector employees are upper caste, Brahmin, Rajput, Baniya types. It's understandable that a manuwadi party like the BJP is struggling to sell loss making PSU's, but why is Mayawati not kicking up a fuss? Why isn't she telling the dalits, that these inefficient upper caste employees are one reason they don't get proper health care? She should promise that if elected she will sell loss making PSU's and use the money for health care.

Why doesn't she say that the fertilizer subsidy should go? The dalits after all don't own land. The rajput types and now the Jats, Yadavs and Kurmis do. Why doesn't she say that get rid of the fertilizer subsidy and use it to provide dalits with proper education?

What stops her? Any thoughts?

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