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Maya blasts Congress, others parties for ignoring Ambedkar

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today said her government would not budge an inch to the pressure tactics of the rival political parties over the construction of the Dalit memorials, parks and statues, reports Rajesh Kumar Singh." Rahul attacks Maya for 'misusing' Central fundsaudioListen to podcast

india Updated: Apr 14, 2010 17:17 IST
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Wednesday said her government would not budge an inch to the pressure tactics of the rival political parties over the construction of the Dalit memorials, parks and statues.

“My government would continue to give due respect to the Dalit icons,” she said.

On the occasion of the 119-birth anniversary Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Mayawati chose the sprawling Ambedkar Memorial located on the bank of river Gomti to hit out at the opposition particularly Congress that is trying to make inroad into her Dalit vote bank.

The national general of Congress Rahul Gandhi as well as the leaders of BJP and SP had charged the BSP government for spending crore from public exchequer over the construction of the Dalit memorials, parks and installation of the statues at Lucknow and NOIDA.

The birth anniversary of Ambedkar had virtually turned into a show of strength between BSP and Congress in Uttar Pradesh with Rahul Gandhi launching yatras at Ambedkar Nagar district located 150 km east of Lucknow to woo the Dalit community.

Mayawati tried to project Congress as anti-Ambedkar. “The Congress leaders not only ensured the defeat of Ambedkar in the Lok Sabha election but also put hurdles in Hindu Code Bill that Ambedkar wished to tabled in the Parlimaent as Union Law Minister,” she said.

Replying to Opposition's tirade Mayawati on Wednesday said had Congress and BJP government constructed memorials of Dalit leaders, there was no need for her government to construct the parks and memorials.

“The BSP government is working on the ideals of Bhim Rao Ambedkar and the memorials are being constructed to honour the Dalit icons,” she said.

Hundreds of BSP workers had started assembling in the premises of the Ambedkar memorial since early morning. Mayawati accompanied with the national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra arrived at 11 am. After paying floral tribute to the statue of Ambedkar located under the central dome she said though Congress government remained in power at Centre for 50 years since independence it did not felicitate Ambedkar with Bharat Ratna.

“Ambedkar not only played important role in the freedom movement but also played pivotal role in the drafting of the Constitution. He raised his voice for the welfare of the oppressed communities. Congress government continued to ignore him, only when non-Congress government came in power at the Centre in 1990 and BSP MPs were elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time, Ambedkar was felicitated with Bharat Ratna,” she added.

Mayawati further said her party was not against the Women Reservation Bill but wanted reservation for the SC/ST women, religious minorities, backward class and poor among the upper castes.

“The rein of BSP as well as UP is in the hand of a Dalit woman and I wish to work for the empowerment of the have-nots especially women,” she said.

Later Mayawati boarded a chopper and left for the districts of West Uttar Pradesh to make an aerial survey of the statewide dharna and demonstration organised by her party in protest against the Women Reservation Bill.

First Published: Apr 14, 2010 14:26 IST