New Delhi: Accusing Congress of using
Dalits and minorities as "vote bank" to further its interests,
BJP on Wednesday said the ruling party has deliberately ensured that
the society remains divided on caste and religious lines.
"Today, we see a new dimension in politics. Minorities
and Dalits have been used as a vote bank. Congress has
continuously used them by sowing the seeds of disparity as
they do not want the society to remain united. They don`t want
the disparity to end," BJP President Nitin Gadkari said here.
He was addressing a party meeting to mark the 125th
birth anniversary Dr B R Ambedkar.
Gadkari also took a dig at Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati for installing her statues in Lucknow.
Without naming her, he said he was "pained" to see the
statues of the Chief Minister during a visit to "a state".
"...Will it help? The money could have gone to Dalits
for their education, getting them computers, providing them
with vocational training," he said.
He cautioned against referring to the caste of freedom
fighters and people who have contributed for national cause.
"It is not good," he said in an apparent reference to Congress
mouthpiece referring to the caste of Bhagat Singh and Rajguru
in its latest issue.
The March issue of `Congress Sandesh` describes Bhagat
Singh as a freedom fighter "born in a Jat Sikh family" and
Rajguru as one "who belonged to the Deshastha Brahmin
He said while BJP is often referred to as a caste and
religion based party, the truth was that its leaders have
fought against social and economic discrepancies. "For BJP, it
is a matter of image versus reality," he added.