UP polls 2017: Mayawati flashes ‘Dalit’ card at launch of BSP campaign
While launching her party’s election campaign in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the growing “atrocities” against the Dalit community in the country. Mayawati also accused Modi of failing to fulfill the promises he had made ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, ‘The Asian Age’ reported.
Mayawati targeted RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in her rally speech in Agra on Sunday. “The Central government has failed on all counts. Amid rising unemployment, RSS chief (Mohan Bhagwat) is saying produce more children. I want to tell him, yes Hindus will produce more than two kids, will you get them food,” she asked.
In her hour-long speech, Mayawati said that the BJP-led Central government was soft on capitalists.
“The BJP government is deliberately expanding the private sector to hit the Dalits. In BJP-ruled states, Dalits are being persecuted, whether it is Rohith Vemula or Gujarat (Una incident) or what Daya Shankar Singh said about me… just like the Congress, if you go around sharing meals with Dalits, it doesn’t mean anything,” she said.
She also accused the Modi-led NDA government of creating fear among the minorities by consistently raising issues of cow slaughter and love jihad. UP goes to polls in January next year.