Maya wants CBI probe into ‘Ram’ CD
The chief minister also accused the Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena of hatching a conspiracy against the BSP, saying that the CD was prepared in Maharashtra, reports M Hasan.Updated: Mar 13, 2008 01:43 IST
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Wednesday sought a CBI inquiry into the controversial CD —
— projecting Lord Ram as anti-Dalit. The CD, which was telecast by a news channel, is in circulation in various parts of the country. The chief minister also accused the Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena of hatching a conspiracy against the BSP, saying that the CD was prepared in Maharashtra.
Addressing press conference here on Wednesday Mayawati said three persons had been arrested and a case had also been registered against the TV channel. She also gave a clean chit to BSP MP Lalmani Prasad, who had told the channel that there was nothing wrong in the CD. Mayawati said Prasad was a member of the Babasaheb Ambedkar Samaj Sudharak Samiti, Basti before joining the BSP. She said some parties had hatched a conspiracy against him.
“The CD contained material that could cause malice among different sections and create an upheaval in society,” the chief minister said, adding that the BSP had no connection with it.
The CD, apart from projecting Lord Ram as anti-Dalit, also presented the plight of Dalits in the upper caste-dominated society. Mayawati said she had brought all castes under the BSP banner and it had caused ripples in the Opposition.
While the Samajwadi Party had claimed in the state assembly that the Ambedkar Samiti had prepared the CD, Mayawati rebutted the charge, saying it was prepared in Maharashtra and was “the handiwork of the Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena”.
“The CD was on the Internet since 2006,” the chief minister said, adding that the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government had failed to take action against the accused.