BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday said the NDA government had spent most of its two years at the Centre on gau-raksha (cow protection), first by inflicting pain on Muslims and then by attacking Dalits.
Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the flogging of Dalits by alleged cow vigilantes in Una, Mayawati urged Dalits to unite with tribals, Muslims and poorer sections of upper castes to capture power in Gujarat.
Speaking at a gathering at Sarangpur in Gujarat after garlanding a statue of B R Ambedkar, Mayawati also alleged that the row over expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh in was a “conspiracy” by the BJP to prevent her from visiting Gujarat, and to “divert the attention of Dalits from the Una episode.” Dayashankar Singh was expelled from the BJP for his derogatory remarks against Mayawati.
Later in the day, Mayawati met the victims of the Una incident at Ahmedabad civil hospital and offered them cash compensation of Rs 2 lakh each.
“Violence against Dalits, Muslims and weaker sections has seen a spurt all over the country in the last two years, but it was shockingly more frequent in BJP-ruled states,” she told mediapersons.
Alleging that the RSS and its outfits started targeting Muslims after the BJP came to power at the Centre, Mayawati said “they have now begun attacking Dalits on the pretext of cow protection”.
“When the BJP came to power, people thought they would do the work the Congress failed to do… Two years have passed but most of their time has been spent on gau raksha, first by inflicting pain on Muslims and then targeting Dalits,” Mayawati said.
She said she had raised the Una incident in Parliament on July 18 after she saw it on TV. “Had I not raised it in Parliament, it would have been hushed up by the government. After I saw it on TV, I felt as if I myself was being flogged,” she added.
On the resignation of Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, Mayawati said: “It is a drama… to show they are serious about Dalits, but they are actually not at all serious about Dalit problems.”
Taking a dig at the PM, the BSP leader said, “The BJP and especially Prime Minister Modi talk of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, but only some big capitalists and corporates are benefitting. There is no development for the poor and backward.”