BSP chief Mayawati says caste rallies to continue

The BSP supremo, Mayawati, today reacted to the Allahabad high court's order banning caste-based rallies by saying her party will "continue organising rallies till there is caste system in the society". HT reports.

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The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo, Mayawati, on Sunday reacted to the July 11 Allahabad high court's order banning caste-based rallies by saying her party will "continue organising rallies till there is caste system in the society".

"The Allahabad High Court has asked the political parties not to organise caste rallies. I have to say that the social structure of our country is based on caste. My party has been organising caste-based rallies not for political gains but to create social harmony. Till the caste system does not change, the BSP will continue organising rallies but we will now organise sarv-samaj bhaichara rallies," she added.

The BSP has organised 38 Brahmin rallies till now and was planning to hold rallies for other castes in the run-up to Lok Sabha elections.

She asked the court to ban religion-based political parties just as it had banned caste-based rallies. "In its order, the court has said organising caste rallies was against the Constitution. Religion-based politics are also against the Constitution and the court should impose a ban on VHP, RSS and Bajrang Dal. These outfits are indulging in communal politics behind the scene," she said.

Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, Mayawati said the BSP has apprehensions about the Supreme Court which doesn't allow a person to fight Lok Sabha or assembly election from jail.

"The political parties might misuse the order to settle scores with their rivals. The central government should file an appeal against the apex court order," she said.

Condemning Narendra Modi's puppy and Hindu nationalist remark, Mayawati asked the Gujarat CM to read the Constitution. "Modi needs to study the Constitution. It is based on the principles of secularism and not Hindutva," she said.

She also promised action against her party's MP from Hamirpur, Vijay Bahadur Singh, for supporting Modi's "puppy" remark.

"My own party MP has praised Modi. We do not subscribe to Vijay Bahadur's views. We have already cancelled his ticket from Hamirpur. This is the last warning to him. He should not deviate from party line or we will have to dismiss him from the party."

Hitting out at the Samajwadi Party government in UP, Mayawati said the law and order situation had deteriorated and there was "goonda raj" in the state.

"Barring a few people from a certain caste, everyone else is living in fear. Cases of rape are on the rise. There is rampant extortion. We acted against those who were involved in corruption and sacked them immediately."

Talking about former party minister, Babu Singh Kushwaha, whose wife and brother yesterday joined the SP, she said, "Other parties have become safe havens for those we removed on allegations of corruption". She also reiterated her party's demand for imposition of President's rule in UP.

Mayawati supported statehood for Telangana.

"If the Centre constitutes state reorganisation commission then it should also take cognisance of the proposal for the division of UP into smaller states."

The BSP government has passed the resolution for the division of UP into smaller states in 2006.

First Published: Jul 14, 2013 18:35 IST