New Delhi: Amid the ongoing assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said that Bhadohi district would be renamed as Sant Ravi Das Nagar and projects will be launched for the development of Varanasi division, if her party came to power after the UP polls.
“When BSP formed the government in 2007, it named several districts, institutions and parks after Dalit icons. After coming to power in 2012, the Samajwadi Party government removed the names of great Dalit personalities. The BJP government failed to restore the names of Dalit icons. It clearly shows that SP and BJP are anti-Dalit,” Hindustan Times quoted her as saying.
Addressing a public meeting in Varanasi– Narendra Modi’s constituency, Mayawati said that Muslims and Brahmins had been exploited and harassed during the BJP government’s five-year tenure in Uttar Pradesh.
Varanasi and its eight adjoining districts will go to polls in the seventh and final round of UP elections on March 7.
“The BJP government under chief minister Yogi Adityanath ran bulldozers against Mafiosi belonging to the Muslim community and no action was taken against mafias belonging to other communities active in east UP. The Muslim community is full of hate against the BJP and the RSS. They have decided not to vote for the BJP,” she said.
“Muslims are living under constant fear. They have been meted step-motherly treatment by the BJP government. The Brahmin community too has been feeling neglected. Our party has given tickets to candidates of all communities. To get rid of the BJP, people should vote for the BSP in the assembly election,” the report quoted her further saying.
“Since the first phase of the election campaign, people have come for BSP’s rallies in large numbers that clearly show the party enjoys mass support. People are voting for the BSP and we will form the next government on our own strength,” said Mayawati.
The BSP chief said the media is projecting UP election as bipolar and not counting the BSP in the race.
“The prejudiced media will have a loss of face on March 10 when the election results are announced,” she said.