Mayawati slams Congress government in Punjab, calls it ‘anti-Dalit’

BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday lambasted successive Congress governments in Central and Punjab for their alleged anti-Dalit stance and policies.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to ally with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab for the February 20 elections so that the aspirations of Dalit stalwarts like Dr BR Ambedkar and BSP founder Kanshi Ram, can be met, she said.

Launching the election campaign of her party and her SAD-BSP alliance at a ‘Chon Jan Sabha’ in Dana Mandi here, she said the time has come when the Punjab Congress government must also be shown the door .

Calling the Congress a “jabardast dalit virodhi party” (anti-dalit party), she said the party had always been against weaker and disadvantaged sections including the adivasis, dalits and backward classes.

“The Congress, due to its anti-dalit and anti-poor stance, did not bestow Barat Ratna on either Dr. BR Ambedkar or Kanshi Ram, although they qualified for it in all respects,” he said. – she lamented, adding that the then Congress government at the Center had not announced even a day of mourning for the death of Kanshi Ram.

“The Dalits had to wait for Vice President Singh’s government at the Center to implement the recommendations of the Mandal Commission report and hand over Bharat Ratna to Dr. BR Ambedkar,” she said.

Continuing her anti-Congress rant, she said the party, having been expelled from the Center and the majority of states, has now started the “natakbaji” (drama) of being pro-dalit and pro-backward classes.

Referring to Rahul Gandhi announcing Charanjit Singh Channi as the face of Punjab’s next chief minister, she said she was skeptical of Congress returning to power in the state, “Channi would not have a free hand to lead his government, if at all. Congress returns to power.”

“Remote control will remain in the hands of a non-Dalit and even Channi may be shown the door once the elections are over,” she said, adding that Congress had nominated Channi as the chief ministerial candidate. solely for the purpose of obtaining Dalit votes.

She also criticized Chief Minister Channi “who would not have seen the Congress game plan by declaring it the face of the Chief Minister”, for not remembering the guru of the Dalits, Guru Ravidas, although he paid tribute at a Mandir in Himachal Pradesh after he was declared the next chief minister in the event that Congress manages to return to power in Punjab.

She said she was fully confident that upon coming to power, the face of the alliance’s chief minister, Sukhbir Badal, would launch pro-poor policies and programs along the lines of Uttar Pradesh (under the reign of BSP) in Punjab for the poor to stand up.

“The current Dalit Chief Minister, apart from making announcements, has not taken any action for the welfare of the weaker sections,” she alleged.

Also castigating the BJP for following “anti-dalit and anti-farmer” policies, she said she was confident that none of the BJP’s anti-farmer policies would be implemented in Punjab during the takeover. power by covenant.

All sections, including upper caste members, are “suffering from the bad policies of the BJP government” in the country, she said.

She called on party cadres not to fall prey and be wary of “election promises” and “bhay” (fear) of various parties and vote for alliance candidates across Punjab. “Our party believes in delivering results, as was demonstrated during my tenure as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh,” she said.

“If the alliance upon coming to power fulfills Kanshi Ram’s aspirations, it will be a great tribute to the BSP founder,” Mayawati added.

The AAP also faced harsh criticism from her when she said the realities on the ground in Delhi were very different from what the party claimed in Punjab. “The AAP failed miserably during the peak of the coronavirus,” she said.

She also sought to dispel the alleged misconception in the country that farmers’ land was grabbed and given to Dalits during her tenure in Uttar Pradesh as Chief Minister.

“No farmer’s land was given to the Dalits during his four terms as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh,” she said. “Only government land was given.”

“Parivartan (change) for a better future is in your hands,” she said, urging the audience to strengthen Sukhbir Badal’s hands. She also wished former Chief Minister M and SAD Patriarch Parkash Singh Badal a speedy recovery.

“Parkash Singh Badal is filled with the desire to serve the state till his last breath,” she added.

SAD Chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal, who arrived a good hour before Maywati’s arrival on stage, in his address praised Mayawati and criticized Congress for “blocking various plans and projects”, including the “sacred memorial project” at Shri Kuralgarh Sahib near Garhshankar, a place connected with Guru Ravidas’ visit during his lifetime.

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