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BJP was not happy when Ambedkar got Bharat Ratna: Mayawati

Apr 14, 2014 08:09 PM IST Politics Politics

Lucknow: On the birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, BSP chief Mayawati on Monday attacked BJP leaders saying when polls come they see Dalits as Hindus but later they do not even like to sit with them, and the party was not happy when the architect of the Constitution got Bharat Ratna.

Her attack on BJP came soon after the party's prime minister nominee Narendra Modi raked up Ambedkar to slam Congress. "BJP had not liked it then -- Bharat Ratna to Ambedkar-- and using the Advani's 'rath yatra' as an excuse it (BJP) withdrew support to VP Singh government," Mayawati said adding that Modi was moving about making "false" claims on the issue.

She also alleged that BJP was an elitist party. "When elections come they see Dalits as Hindus but later they do not like even to sit with them. BJP people believe in caste and discrimination even today," she said adding that BJP, Congress and SP who opposed her erecting statues in the memory of Ambedkar recall him at election time and later forget him.

Mayawati also said that it was BSP because of whose pressure Bharat Ratna was accorded to Ambedkar in 1990 when VP Singh was the prime minister.

When Mandal Commission was implemented and Bharat Ratna was accorded on Ambedkar during VP Singh's tenure, the BJP was not happy, she claimed.

"And hiding behind the excuse of obstruction of the Advani's 'rath yatra', the party withdrew support from the VP Singh government," she said.

The BSP supremo said that Dalits and backwards will not be "misguided" as they want that the girl of their caste becomes the prime minister of the country.

Launching a no-holds barred attack on Modi, Mayawati said she had doubts about him being a person of backward class. "He (Modi) has never told which backward caste he belongs too," the former chief minister told reporters in Lucknow.

She also attacked Modi over his "knowledge of history". "Modi is a strange man. He says something and does something else. He does not have the knowledge of history and gives wrong statistics," Mayawati said.

"He (Modi) is indulging in lies and fraud and if such a man becomes the prime minister the country will be thrown in disarray and communal forces would be strengthened," she said.

She also attacked the Gujarat chief minister for "hiding" his wife. "He also hid his wife till now, always saying that he was akela (single) and was serving the country like his cronies, and now in these elections his wife has been mentioned," she said.

Slamming Modi confidant and in-charge of BJP's state affairs Amit Shah, Mayawati alleged that during the first phase of polling in the western districts of the state he tried to instigate Dalits by saying that since your are Hindu you should not go along with Muslims.

To a question, Mayawati, who had earlier apprehended that BJP and SP might try to vitiate the communal atmosphere with an eye on elections, said that one SP leader and BJP's Amit Shah tried to do the same and welcomed the Election Commission putting a ban on their rallies and road shows.

"We support this ban on the two leaders," she said adding that it should not be lifted as this would harm the atmosphere. To a question, Mayawati, who had formed government in UP three times with the support of BJP, said that statistics proved that whenever her party had joined hands with BJP it has only decreased its (BJP'S) graph.

"Besides, we had run the government on our terms and when they tried to interfere in it I resigned from the CM's post," she said.

Mayawati said that she has been regularly telling Muslims not to let their vote get divided as any such a division would only help the BJP.

"They should vote for the BSP which can stop BJP as it has a good vote share on all the 80 seats in UP which sends the maximum MPs," she said.

Making light BJP's claims of taking care of the upper castes, she cited the case of M M Joshi being shunted out of Varanasi and stated that this is not the case of only one leader.

"Brahmins have been ignored in ticket allocation in the BJP, what do they do in the BJP, they go about blaming Rajnath and Modi," she said.

(With additional inputs from PTI)