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Emergence of Bahujan Mahasangha in Maharashtra

Emergence of Bahujan Mahasangha in Maharashtra Gopal Guru The arrival of the Bahujan Mahasangh on the political scene in Maharashtra is an important development, for it promises to frustrate the Hindutva forces' plan to homogenise and draw bahujans into its fold THE emergence of Bahujan Mahasangh (BMS) in Maharashtra should be considered an important development in the politics of the state for several reasons. First, it has emerged at a time when the ruling Congress remains ambivalent to the growing menace of Hindutva communalism; and different dalit groups have faded into insignificance, who due to their internecine differences the left and democratic forces have become practically ineffective. Secondly, the BMS's arrival on Maharashtra's political scene promises to frustrate the Hindutva plans of homogenising the bahujans in the state. For achieving its objective, the BMS has set before itself, the rather difficult but not impossible task of demobilising the bahujans from the Hindutva forces, particularly the OBC sections who had gone to Ayodhya for constructing the Ram temple and who, back home, arc being used by these forces against the dalit masses on such issues as redistribution of government land or the renaming of Marathwada University after Ambedkar, etc.

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