Maya using Ambedkar for political purpose: Cong

Congress accused BSP supremo Mayawati for using the occasion of Ambedkar`s birth anniversary for vote-bank politics.

Last Updated: Apr 14, 2012, 20:51 PM IST

Lucknow: Congress in Saturday attacked BSP supremo
Mayawati for warning Uttar Pradesh government on the issue of
parks and memorials set up during her tenure as Chief
Minister, accusing her of using the occasion of Ambedkar`s
birth anniversary for vote-bank politics.

"Today is Ambedkar jayanti and it is a day to remember
him and his ideology and not to politicise it ", UPCC chief
Rita Bahuguna Joshi said when asked to comment on Mayawati`s
warning to UP government.

"Mayawati has always been indulging in vote-bank
politics and she did the same today ... but this has been
rejected by the people of the state as also the dalits,
following which her party`s strength in the assembly has come
down to 80 seats in recent elections", Joshi said.
On the new government`s policy on parks and monuments,
she said "let them first clarify their policy".

Earlier speaking at the "dalit adhikar Sammelan"
organsaied on the occasion of Ambedkar jayanti by the UPCC,
Joshi said a conspiracy had been hatched by non-Congress
governments since 1989 to encroach upon the rights granted in
the constitution drafted by Ambedkar to all sections of
society specially to dalits and women.

She said dalits were also fed up with the alleged
harassment by BSP government, following which SP came to
power.
The UPCC president asked Congressmen to work along with
dalits, especially the youth, and said their rights could be
secured only by following the policies of Congress.

PTI