Mayawati blows own trumpet, dares Election Commission to scrap BSP symbol
Deepak Gidwani / DNA
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 0:27 IST
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati warned on Monday that
if the Election Commission (EC) forfeited the BSP's election symbol
(elephant), then the party symbols of the Samajwadi Party (cycle) and
the Congress (hand) should also be forfeited.
Addressing a mammoth rally to mark the BSP's 25th anniversary and
party founder Kanshi Ram's birth anniversary on Monday, she lambasted
opposition parties, particularly the Congress, on issues ranging from
rising prices to women's reservation.
"The difference between our election symbol and the elephant statues
installed in the memorials are obvious. They have their trunks raised
as a traditional mark of welcome. The elephant in our party symbol has
its trunk hanging down," she reasoned.
Mayawati also asked the Congress not to mislead people by
promising development. "The Congress wants to claim credit for the
Women's Reservation Bill, but it gives no separate quota to Dalit
women. It was not the Congress but Dr Ambedkar who gave reservations
to deprived sections and equal rights to women in our Constitution,"
"The Congress has put up statues of Nehru-Gandhi family members across
the country, but they raise objections when Dalits put up statues of
their icons… This shows that Congress is biased against Dalits," she
Talking about her own statues, she wanted to know which law in the
country prevented the installation of statues of living persons.
Discounting charges of dilution of Dalit ideology, Mayawati said, "I
can never alienate myself from the Bahujan movement and will continue
to work for the Dalits till the last drop of my blood. I will never
let Dalits hang their heads in shame," she asserted, inviting a
thunderous round of applause.
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