UP polls 2017: Amit Shah slams Akhilesh, Mayawati over Dalit issue
As part of the BJP’s mission to bloom its lotus in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming election, party’s national president Amit Shah has hit out at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and former CM Mayawati, alleging that the two leaders and their parties have left the people of the state empty handed.
Claiming that it is only the BJP that can uplift the Dalit community, Shah alleged that the Samajwadi Party was committing atrocities on Dalits, while BSP chief Mayawati was exploiting the community.
While leaders of the Samajwadi party and BSP accumulated wealth, Shah alleged, the people of Uttar Pradesh have been entangled between the two parties in the last 15 years of their rule.
Shah also raised questions on corruption cases – from Taj corridor to alleged mining scam linked to Gayatri Prasad Prajapati. He was addressing a ‘Parivartan Maha rally’ organised by Swami Prasad Maurya
“I want to ask Akhileshji as to why was Gayatri Prasad Prajapati was removed from the ministry… corruption was cited as the reason when he was dismissed, but he was taken back within a week… is he not corrupt now,” he asked.
He further claimed that every household would have got a colour TV set if there had been no corruption in the mining department in the state (headed by Prajapati).
Targeting Yadav’s family, Shah alleged, “Modiji is sending money to the state, but it is being divided between chacha and bhatija.” He said the recent infighting between Akhilesh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav was “bigger than Mahabharat”.
In the rally organised under the banner of the Loktantrik Bahujan Manch of Maurya, who has accused the BSP chief of selling party tickets, Mr Shah asked the people to tell others about the number of bungalows owned by Mayawati in Delhi.
Questioning Mayawati’s claims of working for improving the lot of Dalits, he claimed, “If she had distributed the money she spent on the bungalows… every Dalit household would have got an air conditioner.”
He also lashed out at the BSP chief over the issue of atrocities on Dalits, saying, “As many as 1,074 Dalits were killed between 2008 and 2011… Behenji, before seeking Dalit votes you will have to give an answer on the killing of Dalits (under your government) to their Samaj.”