Yogi's OBC masterstroke to 'kill' Maya-Akhilesh combo

Lucknow, May 2: After losing Lok Sabha polls to the SP-BSP combine, UP CM Yogi Adityanath has come out with a masterstroke to counter the Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav combo. With an eye on the 2019 polls, the UP government will categorise 82 OBCs into three segments so that all the castes will get the benefit of the 27% reservation stipulated by the Mandal Commission.  Senior UP cabinet minister O P Rajbhar feels that this plan will wipe out the strength of the Sp-BSP combine. “The political brahmashtra, by categorising 82 OBCs into three heads to benefit them under 27% reservation in the state, will be launched six months before the LS polls in 2019,”  Rajbhar said in Ballia.  He added that the 27% quota will be divided into three heads- pichhada (backward) which will cover four castes, ati pichhada (very backward) that will cover 19 castes, and sarvadhik pichhada (most backward) that will cover 59 castes. Clearly, the move is aimed to curb the dominance of Yadavs, who have the major beneficiary of the reservation benefits. This also seems to BJP's plan to counter the social engineering of SP-BSP by bringing together backwards, Dalits and Muslims. SP-BSP are focussing to woo the non-Yadav OBCs which in last elections had voted for BJP. The gameplan was successful for SP-BSP in the Phulpur and Gorakhpur LS bypolls, where the BSP helped SP's Kurmi and Nishad candidates score victories. With, Kairana, Noorpur bypolls round the corner, BJP is not willing to take chances against SP-BSP combo.