BSP to continue caste rallies with some changes: Mayawati

BSP to continue caste rallies with some changes: Mayawati

Says objective is to build egalitarian society

Reacting to the Allahabad High Court’s interim order banning caste-based rallies in Uttar Pradesh,BSP president Mayawati on Sunday said that Indian society is “centred on the caste system” which has been the main cause of its unequal structure,and her party was trying to unite various castes through these rallies to achieve “its objective of creating an egalitarian society”.

Talking to reporters at the BSP state headquarters,the former chief minister said her party would,however,change the names of these rallies and programmes to sarva samaj sammelans (all-caste conventions) and make some other changes,keeping in mind the interim order of the court and some other people’s objections. However,the party will continue “this campaign until the unequal system based on caste gets changed”,she said.

Mayawati said the BSP was organising these rallies to create harmony among various castes for a “social change” and the creation of a samtamulak samaj (egalitarian society). She said her party was continuing the campaign started by Scheduled Caste leaders like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule,Narayana Guru and B R Ambedkar for an egalitarian society.

On Modi

Referring to Gujarat CM Narendra Modi’s “puppy” remark,she said her party condemns the statement. She said Modi,who claims to be a Hindu nationalist,should study the Constitution which is based on the principles of secularism and not Hindutva. She warned her party’s Lok Sabha member Vijay Bahadur Singh for praising Modi. “This is my last warning to him. Otherwise,he will be suspended and could also be expelled,” she said.

On cong-bjp politics

She said the Congress and BJP were indulging in “dirty politics” by raising the issue of Ramjanmabhoomi and Babri Masjid in Faizabad. She said this attempt by these parties to woo Hindu and Muslim votes was not a good sign for the secular country. She reiterated her demand of imposing President’s rule in UP “for deteriorated law and order” in the state under Samajwadi Party rule.