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BJP conspired to divide Dalit votes, claims Mayawati

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Published Apr 1, 2019, 1:51 am IST
Updated Apr 1, 2019, 1:51 am IST
Mayawati
 Mayawati

Lucknow: Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging in “despicable politics”, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, Sunday alleged that the ruling party had conspired to field Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat to divide the Dalit votes.

Mr Azad had announced earlier this month that he will contest the general elections from Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency.

“With the ill-intention of dividing Dalit votes and taking advantage, the Bharatiya Janata Party has conspired to field Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.

This organisation was formed under BJP conspiracy and with its anti-Dalit mindset, it is now indulging in despicable politics,” Ms Mayawati said in a tweet.

“The Bharatiya Janata Party tried hard to help Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar join the Bahujan Samaj Party as its mole but failed in its conspiracy. It is very imperative in the national interest to dislodge autocratic, despotic anti-Dalit, OBC and minorities Bharatiya Janata Party from power. Please ensure no vote goes waste. My appeal,” she added.

Later, in a statement, the Bahujan Samaj Party chief said, “Each and every vote of the Dalits is important to remove the arrogant, autocratic, casteist and communal BJP from power. This should not be allowed to go waste, so that one regrets in future and life does not become hell.”

Mr Azad launched his Lok Sabha campaign with a roadshow in Varanasi on Saturday. He accused Mr Modi of only favouring the rich and “harassing” small borrowers and poor.

The Dalit leader declared at the roadshow that the countdown to Mr Modi’s defeat had begun.

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