In a bid to target the Dalit votebank of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ahead of the polls in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has raised suspicions over BSP founder Kanshi Ram’s death and demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter. The BJP has announced that if it comes to power in the state, its government will recommend a CBI inquiry into Kanshi Ram’s death.
State BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya said he has made the demand on the basis of letters he received from family members of Kanshi Ram and several BSP leaders, where they have purportedly said the BSP founder may have been murdered.
Maurya refused to disclose names of those who wrote the purported letters.
“I am demanding that the Akhilesh Yadav government recommend a CBI probe into Kanshi Ram’s death. If the state government doesn’t do it, the inquiry will be ordered when BJP comes to power,” Maurya said.
The BJP paid tributes to Kanshi Ram on his death anniversary three days ago. In a written statement, Maurya then said the BSP founder always fought for Dalits and other deprived sections of the society.
“Several MLAs and senior leaders have quit BSP, alleging that Mayawati is taking money for giving election tickets. Now, by demanding a CBI inquiry into Kanshi Ram’s death, BJP is trying to hit the Dalit votebank of BSP,” said a BJP leader.