Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday said that the SP-BSP alliance was aimed at people’s welfare and urged Opposition parties to unite against the “anti-Dalit” BJP in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
"The SP-BSP alliance is not formed for personal benefits, but to help the common people reeling under the ill-prepared policies of the BJP government at Centre and state levels," Mayawati said in Lucknow.
"No matter how much BJP tries to drive a wedge between us, none of the SP, BSP cadre will get scared of them because we have to unite all other parties against BJP and defeat it in next elections," she said.
The BSP chief also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for invoking the name of Bhimrao Ambedkar, father of the Constitution in his monthly “Mann Ki Baat” radio show on Sunday.
"Modi Ji spoke of BR Ambedkar in 'Mann Ki Baat but his mindset is the stark opposite of what Baba Saheb stood for. That is the reason BJP RSS was kept out of power in the past decades,” the Dalit leader said.
Mayawati also accused the saffron party of doing “drama” in the name of Dalits and “oppressing” people belonging to the community.
“In 4.5 years of governance, BJP did only do drama, especially towards Dalits. They chant Ambedkar's name but oppress those belonging to the category,” she said.