BSP chief Mayawati on Friday said there was every possibility that general elections could be advanced and the BJP could begin construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya to seek votes in the name of Hindutva.
“I would like to warn you that to cover up non-performance in party-ruled states, the BJP can make Hindutva a poll issue and begin construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya. The general elections will be called early and held along with elections to Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Assemblies. It can even exploit nationalism. You have to watch out for such conspiracies,’’ she told a gathering at Bhopal’s Lal Parade ground.
Criticising Hinduism, she said the reservation and other benefits the marginalised sections enjoy is a gift from the “messiah or god Babasaheb Ambedkar, not any Hindu god or goddess. A temple at Ayodhya or elsewhere won’t benefit them or reduce their poverty or joblessness. If they give chanda (contribute money) they will only become poorer.”
Instead of providing reservation in the private sector to marginalised sections, the governments ruled by the BJP were outsourcing work of major ministries to the private sector, she alleged, and added that major political parties were out to cut down on reservation benefits.
Mayawati accused rival political parties of creating an impression that the BSP was against reservation to OBCs. She said that while extending support to the V P Singh government in the late 1980s, the BSP had made only two demands: Bharat Ratna to Babasaheb Ambedkar and implementation of the Mandal Commission report, and both were accepted.
Accusing the BJP of caring little for the marginalised sections and religious minorities, she said these classes can’t prosper under the party unless the party changes its communal mindset.