Nitish was speaking at a Lucknow rally organised by R K Chaudhary — a BSP founding member who had quit the party last month.
“Some people are troubled that I am touring UP these days. Let them get troubled. It is necessary to understand the people’s feelings,” Nitish said, adding that some people start to serve themselves after coming to power”.
“At present, Dalits are deprived of their rights in judiciary and many other sectors. A lot of work still needs to be done,” he said. “If anyone thinks that the fight for Bahujan Samaj (a term made popular by BSP founder Kanshi Ram and used to refer to majority of people comprising Dalits, backwards and minorities) is over, then that person is living in an illusion,” the JD(U) chief told a largely Dalit audience.
Taking a jibe at Mayawati, Nitish said people don’t become “the leader of Bahujan Samaj” just by being born in that
community, “but they become one by understanding the pain of these people”.
Targeting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Nitish said: “We follow Lohiaji. He talked of equality of man and woman. Some people in Lucknow also call themselves followers of Lohia but they stop me from coming here”.
Reiterating his call for ban on liquor, Nitish said: “He (Akhilesh) must ban liquor. Even BSP founder Kanshi Ramji
had talked of banning liquor. The money spent on liquor can be utilised for some good work.”
Chaudhary too targeted Mayawati and said people inherit houses and properties but Mayawati “got herself declared as heir” of Kanshi Ram. “Can anyone become the waaris (successor) of the movement of social transformation?”
Former Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary and JD(U) leader K C Tyagi were also present at the rally.