SP Superemo plays the Dalit card
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:51
Faisal Fareed | Lucknow
After the freebies, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam played dalit
card during his election meetings at Ambedkar Nagar and Faizabad
district on Tuesday.
Realising that Ambedkarnagar is a stronghold of Bahujan Samaj Party
(BSP) which won all the five assembly segments in 2007, Mulayam
touched the dalit atrocities issues in his address at Ambedkar Nagar.
"They claim that people are anti dalit when they critcise BSP. But
dalits have been at the maximum receiving end during BSP regime. They
have been the target of atrocities and their pleas remained unheard,"
said Mulayam. The SP supremo Mulayam stated that the government did
nothing for the welfare of dalits. "It was engaged only in erecting
stone statues and counting money. No other welfare scheme was
launched," he said.
Mulayam stated that he would have been more than happy if dalits were
satisfied. "If their work was being done I would have been happy but
BSP government exploited them," he said. The SP chieftain claimed that
BSP ministers were involved in raping dalit women.
"You all have a big challenge, you have to change the government. So
fulfill this responsibility," he said.
Mulayam even challenged the audience to recall any welfare scheme
launched by BSP. "If you cannot recall now then write it down and send
it to me," he said in a sarcastic tone.
Besides, this Mulayam also announced that farmers will be given loan
at four percent interest. "I too belong to a farmer's family and very
well understand the things. They will be given subsidised loan. Loans
upto Rs 50000 will be waived off, farmer's land will not be
auctioned," he said. He also mentioned his promise of tablet for every
Class X pass student and laptop to every Class XII pass student.
Mulayam also repeated his promises of free education, free medicines
and free power to weavers will be provided during SP regime. "We have
to bridge the gap between rich and poor. Unemployment allowance, Kanya
Vidya Dhan and free uniforms to girl students were also announced by
Realising that image of his previous government was tarnished due to
anarchy and hoolingism, Mulayam assured that there will be no room for
rowdy elements in his government. "Such elements even if they have
links will not be spared. They will either be in jail or thrown out of
state," he said.
Mulayam also mentioned the the suicide by Jal Nigam engineer Sunil
Verma in Lucknow. "His death is still mysterious. His family members
are still not sure about his cause of death. It may be a murder but no
one has been arrested," he said.
Mulayam also addressed an election meeting at Faizabad on Tuesday. The
only new thing being that Mulayam announced formation of a commission
to probe the corruption charges against Chief Minister Mayawati in a
stipulated three months time. "Central agencies are probing the
corruption cases but it is lingering. I will constitute a commission
to investigate all these matters and submit its report within three
months time," he said.
The Ambedkar Nagar meeting drew good crowd while the Faizabad meeting
of Mulayam could manage few thousands only.
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