Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati threatened to pull support from the Congress-led coalition government in Uttarakhand on Friday.
A supporter displays a cutout of the BSP symbol at Mayawati's election rally in Roorkee, on Friday. (PTI Photo)
Addressing her first election rally in Roorkee, she said the sidelining of dalits will not be tolerable in state.
“If case of exploitation against dalits found in the state then BSP will not hesitate to pull support from the government”, Mayawati said while addressing a poll rally.
In tough talk aimed at suspended MLAs Haridas and Surender Rakesh, the BSP president said she will not permit the duo to return to the party fold.
Both were recently suspended on charges of anti party activities when they were officiating as Congress MLA’s.
Out of the three BSP MLA’s in state assembly, all from Haridwar district, two have been suspended.
The ‘defection’ was allegedly engineered by Congress in the BSP has in fact left impact on the party cadres.
The low turnout at Mayawati’s rally indicated that all is not well within the party.
In some 5,000 people who attended the rally, the presence from Muslim was particularly discouraging.
In her 35 minutes speech, Mayawati targeted both Congress and BJP but she seemed more vocal on the Congress. “I asked the Congress-led government to facilitate a new reservation for dalits and the poor. But instead of arranging a quota, it (Congress) reduced their chances by adding more communities to the existing quotas,” said the BSP supremo.
She accused Congress and BJP of jointly of being sell-outs to capitalists.
“It is only BSP that is not driven by any businessman or industrial group but a large base of its supporters,” she said.
She also hit out at archrival SP, accusing Mulayam Singh Yadav and UP’s chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for their anti-Dalit governance in Uttar Pradesh.