BJP MP Phule quits party, says it is play­ing ‘di­vi­sive pol­i­tics’

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LUC­KNOW: BJP MP Sav­it­ribai Phule re­signed from the pri­mary mem­ber­ship of the party on Thurs­day, say­ing the party was play­ing “di­vi­sive pol­i­tics” and was mis­us­ing money to con­struct tem­ples and stat­ues.

The Dalit MP from Bahraich, Ut­tar Pradesh, who has

long been crit­i­cal of the party's

lead­er­ship and re­signed from the party on the death an­niver­sary of B R Ambed­kar, said she wants to get the Con­sti­tu­tion im­ple­mented in let­ter and spirit.

“I have re­signed from the party. But I will con­tinue as a Lok Sabha mem­ber till the end of my ten­ure,” Phule told re­porters.

“Desh ke chowik­dar ki pehredari mein, sansad­hono ki chori karai ja rahi hai (the coun­try's re­sources are be­ing

looted un­der the watch of the coun­try's gate­man),” she said in a de­ri­sive ref­er­ence to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

Slam­ming the BJP, she said peo­ple did not get Rs 15 lakh as promised but money was be­ing mis­used in the con­struc­tion of stat­ues and tem­ples.

“It (BJP) is spread­ing ha­tred by rak­ing up Hindu-mus­lim, In­dia-pak­istan is­sues and do­ing noth­ing to bring back those who fled with our money,” the 37-year-old MP said.

Min­is­ters, she added, were mak­ing state­ments against the spirit of the Con­sti­tu­tion “It seems the BJP wants to run the coun­try from Manusm­riti and not from the Con­sti­tu­tion,” Phule as­serted, re­fer­ring to the an­cient Hindu code.

“I am re­sign­ing on the death an­niver­sary of B R Ambed­kar as Manuwadi men­tal­ity is be­ing pro­moted and the RSS, the VHP and the BJP are hurt­ing the sen­ti­ments of Dal­its and Mus­lims by cre­at­ing a 1992 like sit­u­a­tion. They

are play­ing di­vi­sive pol­i­tics and vi­ti­at­ing the com­mu­nal at­mos­phere...,” she said.

Phule also said she wanted to draw the coun­try's at­ten­tion to­wards the is­sue of reser­va­tions in pro­mo­tion.

Re­act­ing to her res­ig­na­tion, BJP spokesper­son Har­ishchan­dra Srivsa­tava said Phule was try­ing to hide her fail­ures as she had failed to meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the peo­ple of Bahraich.

Phule said she will launch an ag­i­ta­tion to cham­pion the cause of Dal­its from De­cem­ber 23.

“From to­day on­wards, I have noth­ing to do with the BJP. My voice was be­ing ig­nored in the party as I am a Dalit. There is a great con­spir­acy against Dal­its and their rights. Reser­va­tion for Dal­its and back­wards is also be­ing slowly taken away,” she said.

Known for her con­tro­ver­sial state­ments, Phule has been at­tack­ing the BJP and its gov­ern­ments at the Cen­tre and in Ut­tar Pradesh for their al­leged in­dif­fer­ence to the con­cerns of Sched­uled Castes.

On Tues­day, Phule said Lord Hanu­man was “a Dalit and a slave of ‘manuwadi' peo­ple”, adding her voice to the row which erupted over UP Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath's state­ment that the de­ity was a Dalit.

Asked about the Ram tem­ple is­sue, pend­ing in the Supreme Court, Phule said the BJP is rak­ing up the mat­ter as it has no other is­sues.

“The coun­try does not need a tem­ple. Will it end un­em­ploy­ment and other prob­lems of Dal­its and back­wards? The tem­ple will ben­e­fit Brah­mins, who are only 3 per cent. The money of­fered in tem­ples are used by them for their gains and make our com­mu­nity (Dalit) their slave,” she had said.

Phule ear­lier also raised ques­tions on BJP lead­ers din­ing at Dalit homes and termed Pak­istan founder Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah, “a ma­ha­pu­rush” (great per­son­al­ity), caus­ing em­bar­rass­ment to her party.

PTI

MP Sav­it­ribai Phule ad­dresses a press con­fer­ence af­ter re­sign­ing from the BJP, in Luc­know, Thurs­day

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