OBC, Dalits victims of caste system: Mayawati

Addressing a rally on the death anniversary of B R Ambedkar, Mayawati claimed that the BJP and the RSS want to change the Constitution and establish “Hindutvadi, caste-based system”.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Lucknow | Updated: December 7, 2016 2:36 am
UP elections, up polls, Mayawati, mayawati on dalits, OBC, Mayawati BSP, UP Polls, elections 2017, assembly elections 2017, saffron,  india news, indian express news She also accused the saffron party of employing “various tactics to divide” the “Bahujan Samaj”, which, she said, includes people from Dalit, OBC, Muslim and other religious minority communities.

IN AN attempt to reach out to people from Other Backward Classes (OBC), who are said to be tilting towards the BJP, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday said that people from both OBC and Dalit communities are “victims of an unequal Hindu caste system”.

She also accused the saffron party of employing “various tactics to divide” the “Bahujan Samaj”, which, she said, includes people from Dalit, OBC, Muslim and other religious minority communities.

Addressing a rally at Lucknow’s Ambedkar Memorial Park on the death anniversary of B R Ambedkar, Mayawati claimed that the BJP and the RSS want to change the secular Constitution drafted by Ambedkar and establish the old order of “Hindutvadi, caste-based system”.

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She also took on the two other prominent opposition parties in next year’s state Assembly elections – the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), and the Congress – but some of her most stinging salvos and criticism was reserved for the BJP, which has poached several leaders from the BSP in recent months.

Since June, the BSP has lost 12 OBC MLAs, including its general secretary and most prominent OBC leader – Swami Prasad Maurya – to the BJP. Most of these legislators are from extremely backward castes, a strong BSP support base for long. The BJP has also tried to woo OBCs by appointing Phulpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya as the party’s state president, and has projected several leaders from these communities in the run-up to the elections. Stating that people from Dalit and backward caste communities were known as ati-shudras and shudras, respectively, during the British rule and that Ambedkar worked for emancipation of these groups, Mayawati said the BJP is trying to spread “misinformation” by saying that Ambedkar worked for the uplift of only Dalits, and not people from extremely backward castes.

Emphasising that the BSP had fought for the implementation of the Mandal Commission’s report that granted reservation to OBCs, Mayawati said BJP withdrew support to the V P Singh government because the saffron party was opposed to such reservations.

In an indication to the social combination she is trying to forge for the forthcoming elections – as against 2007, when she had suddenly experimented with social engineering between Dalits and upper castes, especially Brahmins – Mayawati said it is time for Dalits, Backward Castes, Muslims and those who converted to other religions to unite in order to get the “master key of political power” for social and economic welfare.

Mayawati alleged that both BJP and Congress are “exploiters” of these people, who form a majority of population, and have all these years worked on keeping them divided in order to keep them away from power.

“If the BJP comes to power, Muslims can understand what will happen in Varanasi and Mathura…(and) Dalits can understand how many (incidents such as) Rohith Vemula (suicide) and Una (attack on Dalits) will take place,” Mayawati said.

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    ashok
    Dec 7, 2016 at 1:19 am
    are OBC and Dalits not hindus?then who devides society? vote-beggars,indeed!
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    1. Dhanaji Musale
      Dec 6, 2016 at 11:12 pm
      Lets take out cast system ..
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      1. Rama Mohana Rao Kapavarapu
        Dec 7, 2016 at 3:29 am
        If this lady shuts her mouth better. She made lots of money and opposing demonetization to safe guard her wealth. She did big zero for dalits.
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        1. Shankar Mandagadde Krishna Rao
          Dec 7, 2016 at 1:46 am
          It is reverse of what she has said. How many false cases are filed against innocent persons using a law ped by Cong-I, such as Atrocities against caste, Anti Dowry law etc? Thousands. As long as laws are missed people taking law into their own hands may not end. From last 7 decades we have seen politicians using caste as an instrument to come to power by dividing people for their selfish goals. People rejecting politicians who try to come to power by using caste politics may not be too far. They have learnt lesson to some extent now and learning complete lesson is a matter of time.
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            Shiva
            Dec 7, 2016 at 12:08 am
            Caste system is part and parcel of our culture. Everybody talks about and uses it for the selfish benefits. It will never go as people are happy with it. Nobody wants to lose that ideny. For example, chaturvedi will never detach his name and Mayavati will never become brahmin, Instead of playing politics with it, support Narendra Modi with the agenda of SABKA SATH and SABKA VIKAS. In the long run, it will empower the weaker section and these differences will go away. We should not work against caste system, instead work against POVERTY.
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