On Ambedkar Jayanti, Mayawati And Kumari Selja Blast Modi Govt Over Oppression Of Dalits

| April 14 , 2018 , 15:54 IST

Addressing the media on the 127th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R Ambedkar, BSP supremo Mayawati came down heavily on BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

"I want to tell Modi Ji and his govt that commemorating places related to Baba Saheb's life and inaugurating schemes in his name, will in no way lead to the development of Dalits," she said.

Accusing the BJP of dual-speak, she said "The Bhartiya Janta Party is doing politics in the name of Dr. BR Ambedkar. In reality, the atrocities on Dalits are at an all-time high in the country. The BJP is doing mere drama with the Dalits."

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Talking about the SC/ST act, Mayawati said, "I want to say to Modi that if your intention is clear, instead of waiting for the court's decision, you should issue an ordinance by convening a meeting of the Cabinet to make the SC-ST act effective."

Citing the Unnao rape case, Mayawati said that BJP government has failed in protecting women.  

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Later in the day Rajya Sabha MP from Congress party, Kumari Selja also addressed a press conference blasting the BJP and Modi government. She said, "The Bharatiya Janata Party does not have any icons of its own, that's why they are trying to own Ambedkar."  

She said, "If the BJP government was committed to SC/STs, then the sub-plan wouldn't have been stopped. What the BJP and RSS' ideologues think about Dr. Ambedkar is well-known."

Selja added, "Atrocities against Dalits are increasing. Every day six Dalit women are raped. This is what the NCRB says. The BJP has never taken the side of the Dalits."   

She made remarks on SC/ST Act saying, "In Modi rule, new slogans are released, but previous policies and schemes are forgotten, and they want the people to forget, We should not forget which forces are putting a question mark on reservations for SC/STs  When there was chaos in the entire nation, and we constantly demanded the PM to break his silence, only then did he end his silence."