Hindustan Times (Delhi)

RSS, BJP have communal design, warns Mayawati

- Hemendra Chaturvedi hemendra.chaturvedi@hindustant­imes.com

AGRA: BSP supremo Mayawati warned people against the “communal designs” of the BJP and the RSS on Sunday, accusing them of attacking minorities in the name of “cow slaughter” and “love jihad”. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also questioned Narendra Modi-led Centre on its failure to keep his promises made before Lok Sabha polls.

Launching BSP’s campaign for the 2017 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati also targeted Congress and ruling SP during her hour-long address to thousands of supporters at Kothi Meena Bazaar in Agra, considered home to Dalits and Muslims.

Asserting that no one can stop BSP from forming the government in the state, she said it was not only a political party but a ‘movement’ and promised ‘achche din’ for those seeking law and order and peace.

Accusing Congress of “fooling the poor in the name of reservatio­n”, Mayawati reminded the people that its chief ministeria­l candidate Sheila Dikshit had “blamed those from UP and Bihar for law and order issues in Delhi” when she was the chief minister there. BJP, she said, was working on the agenda of RSS — to spread communalis­m — and was doing the same now from the Centre.

Citing cases of Rohit Vemula suicide, Daya Shankar, Dalit flogging in Una, Mayawati said BJP and Congres leaders visited Dalit houses “just to have food and create confusion”.

“Dalits need action and not emotions when they are attacked,” she said.

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