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Congress is Enemy No. 1, says Maya

Lucknow The BSP faces its biggest threat from the Congress, party chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati said on Monday while addressing a huge rally of party workers here to mark the BSP’s silver jubilee and the birth anniversary of party founder Kanshiram.

Accusing the Congress of trying tricks to harm her party, Mayawati said she would not let down the Dalits. “Dalit samaj ka seer niche nahin hone dungi kisi kimat par ( I won’t let down the Dalit community at any cost),” she said.

She narrated the conditions in which the BSP was formed by the Kanshiram in 1984. “In the beginning days, the Congress had tried to project Kanshiram as an agent of the CIA,” she told the gathering. The Congress had tried to create an impression that Kanshiram used to manage fund to run his party from outside. But this could not stop the workers from donating fund to run the party, she added.

The BSP chief also made a comparison between her party’s progress and the first 25 years of the Congress. “The BSP has a glorious history in the first 25 years in comparison to that of the Congress party’s primary stage,” she said. She said although several of its leaders left, her party continues to make progress.

Terming the Congress as anti-Dalit, she said this was proved by the failure of the UPA-1 government to declare national mourning even for a single day after the death of Kanshiram in 2006. “This is an example of the Congress’s anti-Dalit attitude,” she added.

She also described the Women’s Reservation Bill as an anti-Dalit move of the Congress. She said her party would hold a demonstration against the Bill on October 14.

The Chief Minister also criticised the opposition parties, particularly the Congress, for raising questions over the construction of memorials and parks in the honour of Dalit and backward community personalities.

Referring to her own statues in parks and memorials, she said: “Is there any law that stops the construction of anyone’s statue in his or her lifetime?”

She said the construction of statutes of elephants has nothing to do with her party’s election symbol. Stating that her government has distributed bicycles under the Savitri Bai Phule Schemes, she said, “So, the symbol of the SP should be banned.”

Similarly, she said people waving hands is common so the Congress should also be prohibited from using hand as it election symbol.

In her speech, Mayawati also spoke about the party’s growth over the years and announced that party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, considered the architect of the BSP’s Dalit-Brahmin social engineering, would now head the party’s legal cell. Mishra would not attend political programmes of the party at the cost of legal matters, she said.

Source:http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Congress-is-Enemy-No-1-says-Maya/591353/

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