BSP to protest against ‘anti-Dalit’ stand of BJP, says Mayawati

New Delhi: BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday said her party would launch a statewide programme, against “anti-Dalit” stand of the BJP, September 18 onwards. Days after resigning from the Rajya Sabha, she said, she has “not being allowed to speak on anti-Dalit violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur”, a conference of workers would be held on the 18th of every month beginning September, she said.

According to a report by Indian Express, party workers from two UP divisions would hold programmes every month in which she would also participate. The agitational programme, beginning from Meerut, would continue till June next “to expose the BJP”.

A senior official of the upper house said Mayawati’s resignation was accepted yesterday by chairman Hamid Ansari. The 61-year-old had resigned from RS on Wednesday, accusing the BJP of not allowing her to raise the concerns of “anti-Dalit violence” in Uttar Pradesh in the House.

The move has been seen as an attempt by Mayawati to win back her Dalit support base and re-establish herself as the community’s prominent leader after facing a massive defeat in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections earlier this year.

The BJP called her move as a “drama” and pointed out that her tenure in the House would be anyway ending April next year.