Mayawati launches attack on RPI over alliance with SP

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday launched a broadside on Republican Party of India (RPI) factions for striking an alliance with Samajwadi Party for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.

Nagpur, Jan 28: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo
Mayawati on Sunday launched a broadside on Republican Party of
India (RPI) factions for striking an alliance with Samajwadi
Party for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.

The splinter groups of RPI have deviated from the
ideology of Dalit leader Babasaheb Ambedkar and are contesting
the BMC elections with "anti-OBC party" SP, she said.

Mayawati was addressing a rally at the Kasturchand
Park ground here in support of her party's over 100 nominees
contesting the February one Nagpur Municipal Corporation
elections.

"In Kanpur the statue of Dr Ambedkar was desecrated
(in November last year) and the SP was behind the incident,"
she alleged.

"The RPI leaders are bothered about their own welfare
instead of carrying out development and social welfare
activities for the downtrodden," the BSP chief alleged.

Leaving no chance of criticising the SP which is in
power in UP, Mayawati said Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav
did not bother to visit the minority community girls who were
allegedly raped in a Madarasa in Allahabad recently.

"He (Mulayam) announced Rs 2 lakh compensation to the
victims but had no time to console them and he reached
Allahabad on January 21, four days after the incident," the
three-time UP Chief Minister alleged.

"During my visit to the Madrasa, my attention was
drawn towards lack of security arrangements to protect the
girls and BSP immediately sanctioned Rs 5 lakh for deployment
of private security guards," Mayawati claimed.

"If BSP comes to power we will ensure police security
for them (Madrasas)," the first Dalit woman Chief Minister of
the country added.

The BSP will hold demonstrations across Uttar Pradesh
on January 31 to protest against the "failure" of the SP
government in protecting girls in the state, the party chief
informed.

Continuing her tirade against the "misrule" of
Mulayam, Mayawati said that the "saints and seers had
criticised the pollution level of river Ganges but Uttar
Pradesh government had not initiated any steps to purify the
water."

"With Mulayam taking a holy dip in the Ganges on the
occasion of `Ardh Kumbh', the water has been further
polluted...Probably he was trying to wash away his sins of
atrocities on backward class people," she quipped.

On the murder of four members of a Dalit family in
Khairlanji village of Maharashtra's Bhandara district in
September last year, Mayawati criticised the Congress-led
DF government in the state for the incident.

"The BSP was the first party to send its member of
Parliament, Veer Singh, to the affected village and later
pressurised the UPA government at the centre to conduct the
probe through CBI," she claimed in her hour-long speech.

Bureau Report

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