Taking a dig at the Centre for being “anti-backward”, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday kick-started two awareness rallies to woo the backward class.
In the presence of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam said the yatras were part of a drive to include most backward castes of OBC in the SC category and also to usher in a change of power at the Centre. “This campaign is for the inclusion of 17 most backward castes of OBC in Scheduled Caste. The Akhilesh government has passed resolutions and sent them to the Centre, but they were overlooked,” he said.
He blamed the Congress-led UPA government of being “anti-backward” and alleged that a conspiracy was being hatched to end the quota system which was aimed at removing social inequality. He claimed that Congress wanted to end the reservation system.
He said the ‘samajik nyaya’ (social justice) and ‘adhikaar’ (right) yatras would help create awareness amongst backward castes. The campaign will continue till December 19.