Gimmicks such as having food with Dalits, staying at their houses or building a “few small memorials to B R Ambedkar” will not translate into votes for BJP and the party should kill any such ideas it has in its mind, BSP supremo Mayawati said Saturday. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also warned that “bad days” are on the anvil for the Narendra Modi government at Centre.
In an apparent attack on BJP national president Amit Shah, who had a much-publicised lunch with a Dalit family in Varanasi last week, days after he took a dip in Kshipra river with Dalits during the Simhastha Kumbh in Ujjain, Mayawati said such “gimmicks do not work or get translated into votes. And BJP should diminish such ideas from its mind”.
She said the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula was the result of the Centre targetting the Dalit students and intelligentsia. Accusing the NDA government of ignoring Dalits, Mayawati said the BJP was also not passing the constitutional amendment bill to provide reservation in promotion for SC/ST government employees.
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“BJP and RSS are secretly floating the organisations to raise the demand of ending reservation for SCs and OBCs. They will raise these demands wherever BSP will hold programmes. BJP has come to know that Dalits and OBCs will not vote for it, so they are now trying to polarise upper castes on the issue,” she said.
Slamming the programmes to celebrate two years of Modi government at the Centre, she said the BJP-led dispensation has nothing to take credit for. “Forget about achche din, now the “bure din (bad days)” of government are coming. Don’t fall prey to the catchy slogans of Modi government,” she said, adding its sympathy towards the poor was “artificial and just on paper”.
She said the BJP government has proved to be appeasing the “extremists” and has neglected the Muslims and down-trodden sections of the society in order to implement the “narrow”, “intolerant” and “communal” strategy of the RSS.
She said the government is trying to mislead the people by saying that the economy is improving. The BSP chief said RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s use of phrase that one-eyed man is king in the land of the blind has exposed the government. She said it is a welcome attempt by Rajan to show mirror to the government.
The BSP chief said the BJP’s “celebration overdrive” after its victory in Assam Assembly polls shows its “desperation after the lack of electoral success it has had since losing Delhi assembly elections in early 2015”. She said the BJP won in Assam due to “shortcomings” of the Congress.
“The party, which was totally dejected after the Delhi and Bihar polls, is considering Assam’s victory as ‘sanjivani’. It was due to shortcomings of Congress, which failed to assess its situation correctly, that BJP did better,” she said.
The Assembly elections, which were also held in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puduchery and West Bengal, cannot be termed good for the BJP. “The party failed to open its account in Tamil Nadu and Puduchery,” she said, adding BJP was only winning at places where Congress was its main opponent.
She said that with “sarvjan hitay, sarvjan sukhay” policy, BSP was the only alternative before the people in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to polls next year, as as there is “visible anger against the Samajwadi Party government in the state and the NDA government at Centre”.
The BJP’s countdown has begun and in Uttar Pradesh the fight between ruling SP and BJP would be for the second spot as her party would storm to power in 2017, she said.
Mayawati also launched a scathing attack on Governor Ram Naik, saying he, like CM Akhilesh Yadav, has started continuously visiting the districts, and seems to have “begun the BJP’s poll campaign”. She said Naik’s recent statement that there was nothing wrong in Bajrang Dal organising arms training camps, shows that his remarks were “not only inspired by politics but were highly objectionable”.