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Mayawati: Charanjit Singh Channi as Punjab CM is election stunt, Congress still doesn’t trust Dalits

Not sparing BJP, the BSP chief said the party has a newfound love for OBCs, especially in Uttar Pradesh as elections are due in a few months.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow |
Updated: September 20, 2021 3:52:21 pm
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.

Soon after Dalit leader Charanjit Singh Channi swore in as the new chief minister of Punjab, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati cautioned the Dalits about the “double standards” of Congress and said that it still does not trust Dalits and is using them for its own benefits before polls.

Alleging that Congress is troubled with the alliance between BSP and Akali Dal in Punjab, Mayawati said that back in the days, it accepted Ambedkar only because it could not find anyone better to develop the Constitution of India.

The BSP chief said that similar is the case of BJP in Uttar Pradesh and alleged that if BJP’s new-found love for OBC is true, then the government would have accepted the demand for a caste-based census.

“I congratulate and give Channi good wishes but it would have been better if Congress had earlier made him the chief minister to serve for five years. But now making him chief minister just before the elections, shows that it is just their hollow election stunt,” Mayawati said.

“I have come to know through media that in Punjab, the upcoming Vidhan Sabha election would be contested under leadership of a non-Dalit, which makes it clear that Congress still does not trust Dalits. The Dalits should be cautious about their double standards and double face,” she added.

“When the talks started about the formation of the Indian constitution, if Jawahar Lal Nehru and company had a more capable person than Ambedkar, then they would have never involved him in the formation of the Constitution,” she alleged harking back to the 1940s.

As for BJP, if the party’s newfound love for OBCs is true, then the Centre would have filled the backlog in government job vacancies under quota in Uttar Pradesh as well as other states, she said.

Mayawati added that she is confident that Dalits and backwards, be it in Punjab or Uttar Pradesh, would not fall for the enticement by parties like Congress and BJP.

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