BJP & Cong politicising Ambedkar who is BSP's soul, says Mayawati
New Delhi: Hitting out at both the BJP and the Congress, BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday accused the two national parties of indulging in electoral politics involving Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, saying he was considered soul for the BSP. Mayawati further accused both the national parties of having a tacit understanding in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls and unitedly working against the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh.
"Congressmen think it is not a problem if the candidates of the ruling BJP win the electoral battle, but the nominees of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance should not win the polls," Mayawati alleged.
"Like the BJP, the Congress has started saying absurd things about the SP-BSP alliance. It is clear that both (Congress, BJP) have a tacit understanding and are contesting against our alliance unitedly," Mayawati said while appealing to the voters not to waste their votes by supporting the Congress.
Attacking the Prime Minister, Mayawati said, "He has made some comments on the BSP, taking the name of Bhim Rao Ambedkar. I want to tell him that Baba Saheb's name might be for vote politics and self-interest for them, but he is the soul of the BSP. The BSP does not practice the politics of 'Ram naam japna, janta ko thagna' (taking the name of Ram and duping people) like the BJP."
"I want to advise the BJP that it should not try to become fake 'Ambedkarwadi' like the Congress," she added in a statement issued here.
The BSP supremo alleged that in line with the politics of caste and hatred, the Congress had fielded candidates to defeat the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh and benefit the BJP.
"The Congress and the BJP do not want people who suffered due to casteism, communalism, capitalism to rule in any way. These parties are two sides of the same coin," she said.
Stating that Mulayam Singh Yadav blessing Modi in Parliament was due to his "old age", Mayawati said, "He never intends to bless Modi and this is known to all."
"I want to tell the Congress that its president Rahul Gandhi is not old, but what was he doing by taking Modi in his arms? As the Congress and the BJP know that they will be wiped out from Uttar Pradesh in this election, they are upset," she added.