Expressing concern over the clash between Thakurs and Dalits in Saharanpur, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati on Saturday accused the Yogi Adityanath government of “saffron appeasement”.
A man was killed and at least 15 others were injured in clashes at Shabirpur village of Saharanpur on Friday when Dalits objected to a procession taken out by Thakurs to commemorate the birth anniversary of Rajput king Maharana Pratap.
This was the second clash in Saharanpur in a fortnight involving Dalits.
Mayawati said she was sad and worried over caste clashes in UP. “After communal riots, caste violence is now disturbing the state. It indicates that improving law and order is not the BJP’s cup of tea,” she said.
“It seems that taking out processions without permission and vitiating the atmosphere through it has become a fashion,” Mayawati said.
She said due to the “saffron appeasement” of the BJP government, poor law and order, murder, violence and caste clashes had become the norm.
Mayawati asked the BJP government to bridge the gap between its words and deed and improve law and order in public interest.