SP, BJP using Kairana issue to gain political mileage: Mayawati

The former UP chief minister said the state’s 22 crore people are “badly dejected” by the works of NDA government at Centre and SP government in the state.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Lucknow | Published: June 20, 2016 8:59 am
BSP leaders queue up to attend a meeting with Mayawati in Lucknow on Sunday. Express Photo by Pramod Adhikari

Alleging that the ruling Samajwadi Party and BJP were hand in glove and “conspiring” to disturb communal harmony ahead of the Assembly polls to gain political mileage, BSP chief Mayawati said on Sunday that the protest marches planned by the two parties over the alleged exodus of Hindus from Kairana town should not be granted permission.

“Several sequence of events prove that BJP and SP are together working against BSP, and they are conspiring to orchestrate Hindu-Muslim riots to affect the elections,” Mayawati, said in a statement after a meeting with party coordinators, district presidents, MLAs, candidates for 2017 polls and other party office-bearers at BSP headquarters in Lucknow. She added that these were nothing but tactics adopted by the two parties to damage BSP.

Mayawati alleged that the BJP is trying to give communal colour to the alleged migration of Hindu families from Kairana, but the ruling SP’s “negligence” and “indifference” towards the issue show their “tacit understanding”. She claimed that the marches planned by both parties over the issue are also part of their “understanding”.

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The BSP chief said the Narendra Modi government’s “biased” approach is clear from incidents such as Ishrat Jahan encounter and suicide of Hyderabad University Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula. “The way the Home Ministry official heading a probe to find the missing files related to the encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan tutored witnesses, it showed in which direction the BJP government is working. Even Vemula committed suicide because of the HRD Ministry,” she alleged.

The former UP chief minister said the state’s 22 crore people are “badly dejected” by the works of NDA government at Centre and SP government in the state. She also termed the NDA government’s decision to cancel the licence of activist Teesta Setalvad’s NGO, Sabrang Trust to receive foreign funds, as a “malicious action”.

“The Centre is acting against social organisations and NGOs protesting its wrong policies. Hence, the registration of Setalvad’s NGO Sabrang was cancelled. This action appears to be biased and is being protested at international level too,” Mayawati said.

Expelled Congress MLA Mohammed Muslim, from Tiloi in Rae Bareli district, was present at the meeting where the BSP chief reviewed the party’s poll preparedness for Assembly polls next year. Muslim said he had only gone to meet Mayawati who had called him, and is yet to join the party.

“I have been expelled by the Congress, which I served all my life. I had voted against party whip to send a message to the party leadership. But they expelled me instead of hearing me out. There is no fault with the Gandhi family, but the middlemen are causing problems. That is why the party is going down,” he said.

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