Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Tuesday that Amit Shah having a meal with a Dalit family in Varanasi was planned keeping the 2017 state elections in mind and his Samajwadi Party did not indulge in politics of caste.
The chief minister said his party aims to reach out to people only on the basis of their work.
“In Uttar Pradesh, such things were done in the past too. Elections are near and these are done to give a message. Some will take a dip (in river) also.”
“I also had lunch with labourers recently but did not discriminate on the basis of caste. If you all have pictures, go and find out the caste of the labourer who sat next to me,” Akhilesh told reporters.
“I thank media for showing photos of poor people drinking mineral water and having mutton and chicken when I had lunch with them,” he said referring to his recent lunch with labourers at the construction site of the new secretariat building here.
“We don’t see things on the basis of caste and creed. One should reach out to people on the basis of work and achievements,” Yadav said.
Shah had a meal with Girjaprasad Bind and Ikbal Bind’s family, who belong to the Dalit community, in Jogiyapur village of Sevapuri assembly segment, that falls under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi.
On banning liquor in the state, Akhilesh said, “I will urge people not to drink. It’s a big issue for Uttar Pradesh and will have to be thoroughly considered before any decision is taken. I want that none should drink.”