In an apparent dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, BSP head and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati said on Sunday politics did not come to her as an inheritance. Instead, she had to work hard to create a niche for herself, she added.
Addressing her party workers in Bhopal, she said those “conspiring” to sabotage the BSP’s movement for an egalitarian society would get a befitting reply.
Tracing the history of her party from 1984, when it was founded by Kanshiram, she said attempts at scuttling the movement (of the Dalits) had begun since then, but after the party emerged as a political power in the most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, conspiracies against her and the BSP gained strength.
The assembly elections in UP will take place next year.
“I will not give in. I am not in politics because of family tradition, I have gone to villages and narrow lanes and by-lanes of towns to access you people, get your love and confidence ... So long as I am in politics, I will do everything to save and further our movement,” said Mayawati.
Stressing that the reports of farmer resistance to the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida were exaggerated, Mayawati said a section of the media (which she described as casteist) was so biased against the party that it telecast and wrote about incidents that had taken place six months ago.
“You must be cautious about such designs,” she warned.
She said public interest petitions had been filed against her government despite all her good work, and even memorials and parks built in the name of personalities such as BR Ambedkar and Kanshiram were being opposed.
Her government had taken a number of steps for the welfare of the poor, she said. Some of these were the distribution of land of one to three acres to the landless, construction of houses for the poor, and greater stipend to poor students.