LUCKNOW: BSP supremo Mayawati slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday for having lunch with 500 Dalits in Gorakhpur by saying it as a “political drama”.
She added that the BJP government had anti-Dalit mindset and was doing little to catch those behind the “atrocities” on Dalits in Saharanpur.
CM Adityanath took part in a community feast in Harnampur village on Wednesday,after unveiling the statue of B R Ambedkar in a park. He had been invited by BR Ambedkar Jankalyan Seva Samiti for the event where Adityanath said. “Sahbhoj (community lunch) means there is equality in society and no discrimination on caste. There is also no feeling of untouchability.”
The BSP leader said. “Casteist BJP leaders and Chief Minister Adityanath having food with the Dalits is nothing but a political drama. Everyone is aware that it will not change the anti-Dalit, anti-backward mindset of the BJP nor will it benefit the Dalits or the underprivileged.”
She further added many Dalits and members of other backward castes were still “forced to live in dismal conditions” as they have been unsuccessful in securing their constitutional rights.
“This is also the reason as to why the parks and memorials installed in honour of saints and great men born in these sections of society are today lying in a state of utter neglect.” she said.
Pointing at the Saharanpur clashes Mayawati said. “The failure to arrest the main accused of casteist violence in Saharanpur and victims are still not getting justice are proof of BJP’s anti-Dalit mindset in the state and this is similar to what is going on in other states where BJP is in power.”