With an aim to woo voters from the backward classes in the city for the 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections, Union minister for Development of North Eastern Region General (retd) VK Singh lashed out at the Samajwadi Party (SP) for dividing the society on the basis of religion and ignoring the backward classes.
At a conference on Other Backward Classes (OBCs) organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at ITS College in Mohan Nagar on Sunday, Singh said that it is only the BJP which focuses on ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas’ (development of all, with all).
“In 2001, when Rajnath Singh was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, BJP had created ‘Samajik Nyay Samiti’ in the state which aimed at uplifting of the backward sections of the society. However, it was shunned when the SP came to power which started giving incentives to people on the basis of religion,” said Singh.
Singh addressed a gathering of over 500 people at the conference which started at 11 am. Other BJP members at the conference included city mayor Ashu Verma and BJP Ghaziabad city president Ajay Sharma.
Singh took a shot at the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as well.
“While BSP is drowning, the SP is involved in its own fights,” he added.
Other leaders also targeted the BSP by saying that they have limited the vision of leader Kanshi Ram to just one person.
“The BSP has destroyed the backward classes by enticing them against other castes and parties rather than working for their development. They have limited the vision of Kanshi Ram to just one person,” said Ashok Kataria, BJP state general secretary, Uttar Pradesh.
Leaders said that the BJP is the only party which has respected people from all castes by giving them opportunities at important positions.
“The BJP does not create any divide among the society and we believe in development for all. In our party, people from even the backward classes are holding important positions. The perfect examples are Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, cabinet minister Uma Bharti and governor of Rajasthan Kalyan Singh,” said Singh.