Be­ware of Those Try­ing to Usurp Legacy: Maya

Says if re­elected in UP, won’t spend money on memo­ri­als, will fo­cus on law and or­der

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Man­Mo­han.Rai@ times­group.com

Luc­know: BSP chief Mayawati has ac­cused the BJP and Congress of at­tempt­ing to ap­pro­pri­ate the legacy of BR Ambed­kar to win over Dalit votes, while as­sur­ing her sup­port­ers that if her party is re­elected in UP, she would not­spend­money­on­build­ing­memo­ri­als. She said her govern­ment would fo­cus on law and or­der that had “col­lapsed” un­der the SP govern­ment.

Ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing of work­ers on the oc­ca­sion of Ambed­kar’s 125th birth an­niver­sary in Luc­know on Thurs­day, Mayawati said her ri­vals were try­ing to frame her in false cases and had moved the SC to im­pli­cate her. She al­leged that cor­rup­tion was high in UP and vowed to scru­ti­nise all eco­nomic de­ci­sions taken by the Akhilesh Ya­dav govern­ment, which she al­leged was on an in­au­gu­ra­tion and foun­da­tion stone-lay­ing spree.

“Re­ject the SP and BJP can­di­dates. En­sure they lose their se­cu­rity de­posits. BJP is try­ing to saf­fro­nise cam­puses. They are cre­at­ing a con­tro­versy over the ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slo­gan. There is no com­pul­sion to say it. We in the BSP do not say it, we in­stead chant ‘Jai Bheem, Jai Bharat’,” she said. Even if the BJP and RSS would make a Dalit or OBC the prime min­is­ter or chief min­is­ter of a state, they will not be able to work for the com­mu­nity and would be like bonded labour­ers, she said.

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