Mayawati, clearly delighted at her newfound success, is now calling for reservations to be extended to poor 'upper castes' as well as non-Hindu minorities. Well, this is an interesting psychological breakthrough for her, in recognizing that 'upper castes' can be economically backward as well. She's obviously able to get away with this stance because of her background, in contrast to a BJP that would never dare to call for such things. It's too bad that she's not willing to address the issue of extra-territorialism amongst minorities, when she's willing to extend quotas to them.
But this does pose a problem for meritocracy. If you give everybody quota entitlements, then who the hell has to work hard?
But it's still politically significant that you have a 'lower-caste' leader willing to go on record that 'upper castes' are human beings suffering economic deprivation too. It shows the greater ability of 'upper castes' to influence BSP from within, rather than from outside. This soft-power influence and its possibilities should not be sneezed at.