Centre-state govts against Dalits: Mayawati

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 09, 2012 11:46 hrs

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday addressed a massive rally in Lucknow and said both the Central government and the Samajwadi Party (SP)-led Uttar Pradesh government are against Dalits.

"Both the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government are against Dalits," Mayawati said while addressing the rally.

She also launched her party´s 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign with the rally.

The BSP supremo hit out the Congress-led United Progresive Alliance (UPA) government and said since it came to power it has taken ´anti-people policies´.

She also criticsed the Centre over its recently announced reforms.

Speaking on diesel price hike, Mayawati said: "Diesel price hike will affect the life of normal people."

"UPA government wants to take back the Indian households to old systems by limiting the number of subsidised LPG cylinders sold to households," she said

"The FDI in retail will harm people," she said.

Mayawati said the BSP does not support FDI in retail in the ´current situation´.

She said the party will meet on Wednesday and take a decision on continuing to give outside support to the UPA government.

The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also criticised the SP-led state government and said law and order situation has deteriorated in Uttar Pradesh.

"Law and order situation has worsened in the state since the SP came to power," Mayawati said.

Mayawati said the ´goons´ of the SP are governing the state.

"Women are no more safe in Uttar Pradesh," she said.

Mayawati attacked Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and said: "The CM is only making announcements but he is not doing any work."

"No task can be done in the state now without paying bribes," Mayawati said.

She said the state government has damaged Dr. BR Ambedkar´s statues beside destroying her idols.

Pertinently, the rally coincided with sixth death anniversary of BSP founder and Mayawati´s mentor Kanshiram.

Mayawati said: "I condemn the Congress government at the Centre for not declaring a day of mourning in the country when Kanshi Ram passed away."

This was Mayawati´s first rally since the SP defeated her BSP in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections seven months ago to form the government in the politically crucial state.

While Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee pulled out of the UPA government over the reforms, Mayawati lends support to the same despite criticising its policies.

The UPA government has thrown open doors to more foreign investment in India's retail, aviation, broadcast, insurance and pension sectors, while also announcing disinvestment in four state-run industries in moves that were long seen as critical to revive flagging growth and confidence in Asia's third-biggest economy.

The reforms followed the government´s decision to cut its fuel subsidy bill by announcing hikes in diesel prices and a limit to the number of subsidised LPG cylinders sold to households.

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