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Says Kejriwal shouldn’t count Dalits and backwards as ‘aam aadmi’ like those from his community.

Lucknow | Updated: January 16, 2014 6:53 am
BSP chief Mayawati addressing a rally at Ramabai Ambedkar rally ground in Lucknow on Wednesday. (IE photo: Vishal Srivastav) BSP chief Mayawati addressing a rally at Ramabai Ambedkar rally ground in Lucknow on Wednesday. (IE photo: Vishal Srivastav)

Claiming that the Congress and Samajwadi Party failed in handling the communal riots of Muzaffarnagar, BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday called for Dalit-Muslim unity to weaken “communal forces”, which were growing stronger in the country. She appealed to Muslims to vote for her party in the coming Lok Sabha elections to keep the BJP away.
In her address at her party’s Savdhan Rally at Ramabai Ambedkar rally ground, she also attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying he should not call Dalits and people from other backward communities “aam aadmi” because they continue to face atrocities across the country.
Addressing the huge gathering on her 58th birthday, the former chief minister said while the Congress-led central government failed to impose President’s rule in the state after the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts to restore harmony, the top SP leadership was busy enjoying a Bollywood dance and song programme at Saifai, the native place of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, instead of helping the victims in relief camps.
Stressing that there is a need to form Dalit-Muslim “bhaichara” (brotherhood), she said the BJP can never form the government if the Muslim community unitedly votes for BSP.
She said if voted to power, her party will “honestly pay special attention” to implement the recommendations of the Sachar Committee.  “Samajwadi Party ki tarah koi dhokha aur anyay nahin hone diya jayega (There will be no betrayal or injustice the way SP has done),” Mayawati alleged.
The BSP has already named 18 Muslim candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. Mayawati said the BSP’s Dalit base has always stood by the Muslims and the latter feel safe with the BSP. “The BSP has a record that no communal riots took place during its government in UP,” she said.
Mayawati reiterated her party will not have any alliance with any party for coming Lok Sabha elections. She said that appointing Muslims as DGP and Chief Secretary, like the SP government has done, will not help the Muslims because “goons and mafia have captured” the state government.
“I did not allow any atrocity to happen on Muslims despite Hindu officers being appointed at these posts,” she said.
Slamming BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, she said Gujarat CM has announced building of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s “statue of unity” only for political gains. “How can a man who failed to stop the Hindu-Muslim riots after the Godhra incident create unity and bhaichara between the various castes and religions of the country,” she said.
She said while Modi claims to replicate the Gujarat model at the national level, every third child is malnourished in his state and there was no anti-corruption body like Lokayukta there for a long time.  Mayawati alleged that the Congress, BJP and SP came together to defeat the BSP in 2009 Lok Sabha elections to stop a Dalit’s daughter from becoming the PM. She said her party will emerge as “balance of power” in the next Lok Sabha.
Hitting out at AAP, Mayawati said Kejriwal should not count the Dalits and backwards with his own Baniya community and tag them as Aam Aadmi as they face social unequality.
She said SCs are stopped from entering the temples and have to leave their houses to save their lives in Haryana — the home state of Kejriwal.
She said Kejriwal needs to improve the government machinery and not indulge in “natakbazi (drama)” like Janata Durbars.

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