The chief of the Bhim Army, Chandrashekhar Azad proceeded with forming a new political organisation, which goes by the title of Azad Samaj Party (ASP). This occurred on the anniversary of the birth of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder, Kanshi Ram. Azad went on to explain that there were two reasons why he opted to do this. First of all, he wanted to create political conditions for the complete implementation of the Indian constitution, as prepared by BR Ambedkar. Secondly, the organisation aims to build leaders and form a society and community that understand the value of their votes.
Azad went on to say that the organisation will actively participate in politics, mentioning that the Bhim Army and this new ASP will work in immediate co-operation. Azad constructed the Bhim Army as a sort of forum for social movement, whilst also developing a strong network of sympathisers. Those people may provide both support and the generation of political resources for the organisation.
Azad is now working one step at a time to enter into electoral politics. To begin with, her worked for social causes. This included spreading education amongst Dalits, fighting against their oppression, creating Dalit-Muslim unity and restoring the self-respect amongst Dalit communities. Through involving himself in these areas, he attempted to develop contacts, networks and as much political ground as possible for the pursuit of electoral politics in northern India. The primary focus there is Uttar Pradesh – a location where police brutality against Muslims has been rife.
Can People Count on Azad?
The question remains as to if Azad can garner enough support from people so as to make a real change in this territory. If he enters electoral politics with the ASP, he will doubtless influence the politics of western Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and some areas of Punjab, too. His political base expanded last year due to his assistance with protests against the demolition of the Ravidas temple in New Delhi.
Trust in Azad has built up largely in Muslim communities, thanks to his involvement in anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests. He is now working hard so as to build an alliance between the Dalits and Muslims, which could extend to various parts of the country. However, he may end up facing some problems in his movements, especially where Uttar Pradesh is concerned. He has very little political presence in central UP, eastern UP and Bundelkhand. He has a lot of work on his hands if he wants to build up a base in these regions.