At the very outset, Mayawati made some tall promises: one, Amethi, now a part of the Rae Bareli district, would be made a full-fledged district in itself, once the process of delimitation of constituencies was complete. She even had a name for the district-to-be—Chattrapati Maharaj Sahuji Nagar. Interestingly, her earlier stint as CM had seen the southern district of Banda being given the same name, but that nomenclature lasted only till the BJP came to power. Mayawati, however, is unwilling to let Sahuji rest in peace. She’s resurrected the Shivaji descendant—whose advocacy of lower-caste rights had put him in an uncomfortable equation with the Congress in early 20th century—to symbolise this 21st century battle.
Behenji was sharply critical of Priyanka visiting Amethi and helping a Dalit, whose house had been razed by upper castes, to file an FIR. "Priyanka is trying to create a rift between upper castes and Dalits," she said, adding that Priyanka was motivated not by love of the people but by thought of the next general elections.
But every time Mayawati attacked Priyanka or Sonia, a section of the crowd walked away, showing where their sympathies lay. Gandhi-bashing won’t wash in Amethi.