BJP is politi­cis­ing Ram tem­ple is­sue: Mayawati

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTNATION - Ritesh Mishra ritesh.mishra@hin­dus­tan­

RAIPUR: Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Satur­day ac­cused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of us­ing the Ay­o­d­hya Ram Tem­ple is­sue for elec­toral gains. This is the first rally ad­dressed by the for­mer Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter, af­ter she stitched to­gether an al­liance with Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Ch­hat­tis­garh on Septem­ber 21. Un­der the agree­ment, BSP will con­test on 35 seats, while Jogi will field can­di­dates in the re­main­ing 55 seg­ments.

Launch­ing the cam­paign in Bilaspur, Mayawati said, her al­liance with Jogi was against the anti-dalit and anti-poor poli­cies of the state’s BJP govern­ment. The BSP chief asked why the BJP was not an­swer­ing to ques­tions re­gard­ing the Rafale deal. She al­leged that both the Congress and the BJP have been in­volved in de­fence scams.

“Close to elec­tions the cam­paign for Ram Mandir (in Ay­o­d­hya) is gain­ing mo­men­tum. On this is­sue, even if the BJP con­structs a large num­ber of Ram tem­ples across the coun­try, the BJP-RSS will not get any po­lit­i­cal ben­e­fit,” she said. She also ac­cused the RSS-BJP com­bine of strength­en­ing the “cap­i­tal­ist sys­tem” in the name of Hin­dutva and marginal­is­ing the Dal­its and the poor.

Ac­cus­ing the Cen­tre and BJPruled states of ap­a­thy on the is­sue of mob-lynch­ing over cow pro­tec­tion, she said these in­ci­dents were a blot on democ­racy. “The Cen­tre and Bjp-ruled states are ap­a­thetic over moblynch­ing and other atroc­i­ties against Dalit and trib­als. They (BJP) are bi­ased against Dal­its, trib­als and Mus­lims,” she al­leged.

Speak­ing about her al­liance with Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Ch­hat­tis­garh , Mayawati said, the al­liance cru­cial for the wel­fare of the poor. “Dal­its are suf­fer­ing in all the BJP ruled states,” she said. Mayawati also ac­cused Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi of not ful­fill­ing his prom­ises made be­fore 2014 elec­tions such as trans­fer of Rs 15 lakh in ac­count of all cit­i­zens.

Re­act­ing to her speech, BJP spokesper­son Sachi­danand Upasane said the BJP was a party of all sec­tions of the so­ci­ety and it was be­cause of par­ties like the BSP and the Congress that the coun­try was di­vided on the lines of caste and reli­gion.

BSP chief Mayawati

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