Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi follows Ambedkarite ideology. It is our resolve to uplift all the socially, economically and politically deprived groups of this country by taking forward the sociopolitical legacy of Buddha-Kabir-Phule-Shahu-Ambedkar.
Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi believes that India has two cultures or traditions, one of saints promoting equality and humanity, and the other is the Vedic one promoting inequality and exploitation of the masses by a few. These two traditions have always been against each other. Welfare of the deprived groups is only possible through the tradition of saints. In this battle against Vedic tradition, Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi promotes the tradition of saints.
If we look at India’s political reality today, it appears that the political system is completely taken over by a few capitalists and families of certain castes. The deprived, Bahujan groups of the country are not getting any real representation, which remains the root cause of their deprivation. No one disadvantaged group alone can compete with the hold of these capitalists and certain families. Many deprived groups, together, forgetting or resolving mutual differences, can however challenge and break this hegemony. Towards this purpose, Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi aims to organise all the deprived, Bahujan groups and gain true representation and political power on the strength of their independent identity and independent power. Every step, every decision we take is with the intention of fulfilling this sacred purpose. Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi believes that only on the basis of true representation achieved in this way can the grievances of all the disadvantaged Bahujan groups of the country be eradicated.
Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi fielded candidates for the first time in the Lok Sabha General Elections of 2019. AIMIM also gave it’s support in this election. Congress was also offered a coalition. Out of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, we demanded 12 seats be given to groups historically deprived of representation. Another condition laid out was that RSS(Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) should be brought within the purview of the constitution, and an action plan towards this purpose be drafted in advance. An understanding with the Congress party could not be reached due to non-fulfillment of both legitimate demands.
According to our political ideology (representation for deprived groups even if they are not numerically advantaged), people of many disadvantaged groups were given representation in party tickets without making financial strength or strength in caste population a criteria, a criteria which the ruling classes like to call “electability”, much like their idea of “merit”. We were successful in mobilising many disadvantaged groups under our banner. Despite not having any Capitalist support, we fought form 48 constituencies, solely on the strength of donations made by underprivileged castes, castes whose names were not even heard by the mainstream society. We polled over 41 lakh votes on our own, giving established leaders a run for their money. Established leaders in many places came to realize the political power of the disadvantaged groups. Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi and AIMIM candidate, Imtiaz Jalil, of Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency, won the election. The fact that a Muslim candidate won in this region, which has been a stronghold of the Hindutvavadi Shiv Sena and caste strongmen for 20 years, is the fruit of positive and independent politics of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi.
In the subsequent assembly elections, AIMIM withdrew, but Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi again fielded candidates for 234 seats independently, keeping in mind the interests of the underprivileged and received 24 lakh votes.
In future, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi as an independent political force will obtain true representation to all the deprived Bahujan groups of the country, come what may.