Dalits Targeted In Name Of Cow Protection, Says Mayawati At Lucknow Rally

, 2:02 PM IST

LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati today attacked the Narendra Modi government at the centre, saying it is spreading hatred and communalism in Uttar Pradesh and has failed to keep its promises for the state.

Ms Mayawati was addressing a BSP rally at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar ground in Lucknow.

Attacking the central government, the BSP chief said the BJP-led government is spreading communalism and hatred in the country and the cases of crimes against Dalits and minorities have increased.

She said: “Dalits are being targeted in various parts of the country in the name of cow protection. Minorities and Dalits are being harassed, as BJP wants to convert India into a Hindu nation.”

“Harassment of Dalits and minorities would stop in the state once a BSP government comes to power in Uttar Pradesh,” Ms Mayawati promised the one of the large party gatherings.

She hoped to form a majority government in the state and said better law and order, especially safety of women, would be the main focus of her government.

Uttar Pradesh is scheduled go for polls early 2017.