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Will embrace Buddhism if BJP doesn’t change mindset: Mayawati

Charging the BJP with fielding a Dalit associated with the RSS as the presidential candidate to garner votes, she said that because of this, Congress and other opposition parties had also fielded a Dalit candidate.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Updated: October 25, 2017 7:43:24 am
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BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday took a dig at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying he would look after governance when he gets time off from ‘pooja-paath’ (worship) in the temples of Ayodhya, Chitrakoot and Gorakhnath. The former chief minister also said she would convert to Buddhism if the BJP and RSS do not change their casteist and communal mindset towards Dalits, tribals, backwards and those who had converted to other religions.

“I am openly challenging BJP, RSS and company that if they do not change their casteist thinking of hatred against Dalits, tribals, backwards, converted people and their leaders, I will also be forced to take the decision to leave Hindu religion and embrace Buddhism with crores of people who are victims of this system,” the BSP chief said. Mayawati was speaking at a rally in SP veteran Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Lok Sabha constituency Azamgarh.

Recalling the party’s ideology coined by founder Kanshiram, Mayawati said Dalits, tribals and backwards, who were made to become “helpless slaves” under the ‘varna vyavastha’ (class system) of the Hindu religion, got legal rights to education, farming, employment and politics because of their “messiah” Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and not any Hindu god or goddess. “If the Ram temple is now built in Ayodhya or temples of other Gods are built in different places, it will not help the poor. Your poverty and unemployment will not end,” she said.

Targeting Adityanath, she said, “He belongs to Gorakhpur of eastern UP but does not pay attention to development of the region. He only makes statements.” She further said that the CM calls Cabinet meetings frequently, but the decisions are never executed.

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