Eye on Dalit votes ahead of 2017 Assembly polls, the BJP Friday accused BSP of Muslim appeasement and ignoring Dalits in Uttar Pradesh. BJP leaders also targeted ruling Samajwadi Party for sheltering criminals and for the rising crime graph in the state.
Addressing office bearers at one-day state executive committee meeting, state BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai said that BSP senior leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui met family of (lynching victim) Md Akhlaq in Bisara village of Noida and offered financial help of Rs 11 lakh to his family. “But, when Gaurav Khatik in Hathras and Arun Mahaur in Agra were killed by people of minority community, these leaders neither went there and nor offered a single rupee as help because they were more concerned about votes of the community the killers belong to,” Bajpai said.
He also targeted BSP supremo Mayawati of not being concerned about Dalits in her home state UP. Bajpai said that Mayawati reacted to the Hyderabad incident (Rohith Vemula suicide) and also sent a delegation of party MPs there. “But, she did not speak a single word on the incidents of atrocities on Dalits happening in UP, a state where she had ruled as chief minister. This behaviour is not in the interest of Dalits and I want to give this message from here,” Bajpai said.
He said that Mayawati was not a national leader of such stature that she speaks on incident of Hyderabad but keeps mum on incidents in UP.
Bajpai added that daughter of a police constable in Ambedkar Nagar district was raped by persons of a particular community but the police did not dare take action against the accused for several days because of “politics of appeasement”.
He said BJP wants to work for the welfare of Dalits and was not in favour of doing politics for their votes. In BJP rule, he claimed, no one will be allowed to shelter criminals involved in heinous crimes. Bajpai said that crime against Dalits has increased under the Akhiesh Yadav government.
Targeting the state government on law and order issue, Bajpai said state capital Lucknow has become dumping ground of dead bodies. A girl was raped, murdered and hanged on tree close to the residences of Chief Minister and DGP, he said.
Bajpai said that state government was ignoring the welfare of farmers and it has yet not floated tender for selection of insurance company to benefit the farmers under ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna’ while the scheme started from April 1.
On Congress party’s allegations that Narendra Modi government was a “suit boot ki sarkar”, Bajpai said that after the recent Union budget – that made provisions of schemes for farmers — BJP workers can reply that Modi government is “dhoti-gamchhe ki sarkar”.
Party national vice-president and state in-charge Om Mathur said that debate on issues of “Rashtrawad” and “Rajdroh” were unnecessarily floated by those people who were not getting any issues to target Modi government.
“Party workers will have to tell those people what nationalism is. You will have to tell that BJP and its government work on three principles — nationalism, development with transparency and Antyoday,” Mathur said. He assured workers that “Mission 2017” will be achieved and BJP will form government in the state with absolute majority.
In the concluding session, Union Minister Kalraj Mishra said that Hyderabad incident was unnecessarily highlighted by Opposition parties, including Congress, SP and BSP. Mishra said that it was unfortunate that those who raised anti-national slogans of dividing the nation (at JNU) were supported and felicitated by those people who want to destablise Modi government. He also said that JNU incident was clearly an anti-national act.
Union Ministers including Mahesh Sharma, Santosh Gangwar, Manoj Sinha, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Sanjeev Balyan also attended the meet.