Akhilesh slams Amit Shah’s meal plan with Dalits, says don’t discriminate on caste basis

"I also had lunch with labourers recently but did not discriminate on the basis of caste. If you all have pictures, go and find out the caste of the labourer who sat next to me," Akhilesh Yadav said.

By: PTI | Lucknow | Updated: May 31, 2016 5:41 pm
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Taking a swipe at BJP chief Amit Shah’s plan to have a meal with a Dalit family in Varanasi, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday charged it was being done with an eye on the UP Assembly polls and said the Samajwadi Party does not see people on the basis of caste.

The Chief Minister said his party aims to reach out to people only on the basis of their work.

“In Uttar Pradesh, such things were done in the past too. Elections are near and these are done to give a message. Some will take a dip (in river) also.

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“I also had lunch with labourers recently but did not discriminate on the basis of caste. If you all have pictures, go and find out the caste of the labourer who sat next to me,” Akhilesh told reporters.

“I thank media for showing photos of poor people drinking mineral water and having mutton and chicken when I had lunch with them,” he said referring to his recent lunch with labourers at the construction site of the new secretariat building here.

“We don’t see things on the basis of caste and creed. One should reach out to people on the basis of work and achievements,” the Chief Minister said.

Shah is today scheduled to have a meal with Girjaprasad Bind and Ikbal Bind’s family, who belong to the Dalit community, in Jogiyapur village in Sevapuri Assembly segment under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi.

On banning liquor in the state, Akhilesh said, “I will urge people not to drink. It’s a big issue for Uttar Pradesh and will have to be thoroughly considered before any decision is taken. I want that none should drink.”

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  1. Jai Kumar
    May 31, 2016 at 1:26 pm
    Look who is Talking Was it not his Father who said Ahir Jat Dalit Muslim Bhai Bhai Hindu Kaum Kahan se aaayeelt;br/gt;And How many Yadavs Muslims are ministers in UP how many awards are given to these two Communities.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Its Parties like Congress SP JD etc etc that have divided the country.
    1. Vikas yadav
      May 31, 2016 at 12:12 pm
      UP gave 73 MP.. return they are getting free meals...wah....
      1. S
        S K
        May 31, 2016 at 10:23 am
        Afraid of getting thrown out of power, the biggest worry
        1. A
          May 31, 2016 at 10:41 am
          Akhileshji your party is discriminating the w of UP on Uadav basis and your party is also appeasing a certain community otherwise why do you have a person like Azam in your party holding si much sway?
          1. Dinesh Singh
            May 31, 2016 at 12:10 pm
            SP always plays castiest and communal politics and if it leaves MY factors it vote percentage will drop to in single digit. BJP believes in brotherhood as their origin is from RSS who bring and eat together at shakha branches and on other hand SP is allegedly party of only Yadavs and Muslims and it is quite evident with the final selected list be it police recruitment ot other enrolments, dominated by only Yadavs and such list are available on govt's records.
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