TEAM TGC: What steps would your party take for the emancipation of women in Uttarakhand, given the importance of a female leader, like Mayawati, in BSP?
RAVI KUMAR JAIN: At the moment, there aren’t many female leaders within the party in Uttarakhand. However, the Kotdwar and Doiwala, both of which are extremely important seats for the BSP, and it is a possibility that during the upcoming elections the party will project a female candidate from both of these places.
Even now, the chairman of Kotdwar is a female and a BSP member.
However, I think it will take a while before the BSP can fully embrace the idea of projecting more female candidates for higher positions within the state because, assessing the party’s position in the state, we need leaders who are popular and experienced, because such candidates will help the party win.
Unlike the BJP and the Congress, the BSP doesn’t have either a big or a strong cadre within Uttarakhand, and the party understands this very well. So, we need people who can work with the grassroots.
Furthermore, the people working for the BSP are very normal, regular people, who have jobs or run businesses. If these people stand up in the elections, they have to fight against more moneyed and influential leaders. In such a scenario, the party will give preference to candidates who are popular amongst the people.
That said, the party does favour the emancipation of women, and if there is such a female candidate, who is capable, the party will support her.