On Thursday, BSP supremo Mayawati slammed UP CM Yogi Adityanath over having lunch with 500 Dalits in Gorakhpur, calling it a nothing but a ‘political drama’ with no intention of benefitting the underprivileged community. She added that the BJP government had an anti-Dalit mindset and was doing little to catch those behind the “atrocities” on Dalits in Saharanpur.
This comes after UP CM Yogi Adityanath took part in a community feast in Harnampur village after unveiling the statue of B R Ambedkar in a park. He had been invited by BR Ambedkar Jankalyan Seva Samiti for the event. “Sahbhoj (community lunch) means there is equality in society and no discrimination on caste. There is also no feeling of untouchability,” Adityanath had 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,” claimed Mayawati in a press release.
She further claimed that UP government’s failure to arrest the main accused of casteist violence in Saharanpur and victims is a proof of BJP government’s anti-Dalit mindset. “This is similar to what is going on in other states where BJP is in power,” she claimed.
“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.”
Many Dalits and members of other backwards castes were still “forced to live in dismal conditions” as they have been unsuccessful in securing their constitutional rights, she added.
“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,” Mayawati said while blaming the UP government.