Thursday, April 14, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Congress using Dalits as vote banks to further interests: BJP

Congress using Dalits as vote banks to further interests: BJP
Published: Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011, 20:58 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Accusing Congress of using Dalits and minorities as "vote bank" to
further its interests, BJP today 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.

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 community."

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.

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