Ambedkar schools, hospitals to replace Maya monuments: SP
Prashant Pandey Posted online: Wed Feb 01 2012, 05:58 hrs
ALLAHABAD : Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday said
that if his party comes to power in UP, it would open schools and
hospitals in the parks and memorials set up by Chief Minister
Mayawati, and also name them after Ambedkar.
Addressing an election rally at K P Inter-College ground in Allahabad,
Yadav said lands had been acquired by the BSP government for the
purposes of constructing parks at a cost of several thousand crores.
"Hum saari zameen wapas lenge, usmein school aur aspatal kholenge aur
unko Ambedkar ke naam par rakhenge. (We will take back the acquired
land.open schools and hospitals in them.what more, we will also name
them after Ambedkar)," said Yadav, adding that Mayawati had actually
maligned the image of Ambedkar.
"We respect Ambedkar but she (Mayawati) has maligned his image. She
has made money in the name of Ambedkar. Had Ambedkar been around, he
would have said that Mayawati should go to jail," said Yadav, amid
rapturous applause from the massive crowd who had gathered to hear SP
He said, "One of my first steps after coming to power would be
declaring a number of backward castes like Bind, Nishad, Kahar and Kol
as Scheduled Castes so that they enjoy the facilities reserved for SCs
and have a better shot at their own betterment".
While Yadav kept his attack limited to Mayawati and focused on the
promises made in his manifesto, it was left to his "right hand"
Mohammad Azam Khan, the SP national general secretary, to appeal to
the Muslim audience. They did not seem to be many in good numbers
"When Congress announced that there would be reservation for Muslims,
we felt good. But when the matter came up in Parliament, we were told
that the 4.5 per cent reservation was for the backwards among the
minorities - and not only Muslims," said Khan.
"Ek party (BJP) ne humaari chhati par waar kiya, humne uska haath
pakad liya, lekin Congress ne peeth mein chhura ghonpa aur hum nahin
bach paaye (One party — BJP — attacked us from the front and we
managed to stop them, but the Congress stabbed us in the back and we
could not save ourselves)," said Khan.
Khan kept up the attack on Congress targeting Union Law Minister
Salman Khurshid ridiculing him for asking why there was no demand for
ITIs when Khan was demanding universities for the Muslims.
Khan said, "Recently Khurshid visited my home town Rampur. He
questioned the ambitious Jauhar University project laid down by the SP
while it was in power in the state and asked why did Azam Khan work
passionately about this project instead of building an Industrial
Training Institute, which according to him, was more in sync with the
needs of the community."
"I caution Muslims against the designs of the Congress party and its
diabolical mindset vis-a-vis the community We wanted to open a
university so that our children too could become doctors and lawyers.
But Khurshid and his party want us to be no better than turners and
fitters. The people should make their choice keeping this in mind, the
SP general secretary said.
Khan also lambasted the Mayawati government in the state for failing
to check atrocities against Muslims in the state and recalled the
infamous Lakhimpur Kheri rape case in which "one of our daughters was
sexually assaulted, murdered and her body hung from a tree outside a
SP MP from Allahabad Kunwar Reoti Raman Singh also appealed Khan to
spare some time for constituencies in the Trans-Yamuna area. Assembly
constituencies like Phaphamau, Meja and Karchhana, which fall in the
trans-Yamuna area, do have a sizeable Muslim population. Also, Singh's
son Ujjwal Raman Singh is contesting from Karchchana.
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