Mayawati urges Dalits, Muslims to join hands against BJP
“The BJP government is against social change and economic empowerment of the weaker sections. People are being deprived of their constitutional rights. To suppress the voice of the opposition, the BJP leaders are attacking rival parties.”Updated: Aug 11, 2017 13:57 IST
BSP president Mayawati on Thursday called upon Dalits and Muslims to unite against communal and casteist policies of the BJP government at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing leaders and office-bearers of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) at the state unit office here, Mayawati claimed Muslims and Dalits were being terrorised by saffron brigade.
“They are being forced to live as second grade citizens. There is a need to launch a countrywide movement against the anti-minority and anti- poor policy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government,” she said.
“BSP is the only political party in the country that follows and promotes the ideals of Dr BR Ambedkar. The followers of Ambedkar should join the movement launched by the BSP to come to power in UP and at the Centre,” Mayawati said.
Grappling with the rebellion of senior party leaders, including Indrajit Saroj, Naseemuddin Siddiqui, KK Gautam, Pramod Kureel and Thakur Jaiveer Singh who have announced to launch a political party, Mayawati had called a meeting of party leaders and office-bearers to review preparations for statewide workers’ conference starting September 18.
She also discussed the preparations for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Mayawati said though the BSP failed to open its account in the 2014 Lok Sabha election and secured victory only on 19 seats in 2017 assembly poll but there was no big drop in the party’s vote percentage.
“The BSP secured over 20% votes in the both the elections. We did not lose support base but fell prey to the conspiracy hatched by the saffron brigade. No pro-dalit political party is in power in any state,” she said.
“The BJP is adopting various tactics to eat into the support base of the BSP. They should know that the followers of Ambedkar will never surrender,” she said and asked the supporters to remain united against the BJP.
“We will continue to fight for the rights of Dalits by organising conferences in districts. The first conference will be organised in Meerut on September 18,” she said.
“The BJP government is pursuing a policy of hatred towards Muslims. The restlessness within the community is obvious. The BJP government is against social change and economic empowerment of the weaker sections. People are being deprived of their constitutional rights. To suppress the voice of the opposition, the BJP leaders are attacking rival parties,” she alleged.
Mayawati also condemned the state government for changing the names of cities, railway stations, roads and government institutions. “Under the BSP government, new districts and educational institutions were named after Dalit icons,” she said.
Mayawati is likely to attend the anti-BJP rally organised by RJD leader Lalu Prasad at Patna on August 27 where she will share the dais with archrival SP national president Akhilesh Yadav.
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and NCP leader Sharad Pawar are likely to attend the rally that might give a thrust to the formation of a grand alliance to fight the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
First Published: Aug 11, 2017 13:57 IST