LUCKNOW: Unleashing attack on BJP over incidents of mob lynching in the name of cow, Bahujan Samaj Party chief and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati on Sunday charged the saffron party for showing laxity in tackling the issue. She said such incident is a blot on democracy.
“The increasing tendency of indulging in mob lynching in the name of cow vigilantism in the BJP-ruled states is a blot on democracy, yet the governments are exercising laxity and are being indifferent to it,” PTI quoted Mayawati as saying to media.
“These activities of the BJP governments (against the Dalits, tribals, backwards, Muslims and Christians) are going on since inception and are result of the BJP’s intention to go against the Constitution and maintaining a step-motherly relationship with the Constitution. This has been the part of the basic policy of the BJP, which has assumed alarming proportions after they came to power.”
Mayawati was interacting with reporters in Lucknow after she moved into her new residence vacating her sprawling bungalow on Supreme Court orders.
Accusing the BJP of resorting to different diversionary tactics as 2019 Lok Sabha elections are approaching, Mayawati said the saffron party is making lucrative announcements and not leaving any stone unturned to derive advantage from the demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“…They never followed his (Vajpayee’s) footsteps, when he was alive,” she charged.
Mayawati said: “People of the country know that the campaign undertaken by the BJP and the RSS in the name of Vajpayee is an attempt to hide its failures. The BJP will not get any benefit from this. The people of the country now understand that none of the election promises made in 2014 Lok Sabha elections was fulfilled.”
Since BJP came to power in the centre in May 2014, over 100 incidents of mob lynching, mostly in the name of cow slaughter, cow smuggling and beef consumption, have occurred in the country – mainly in the states ruled by BJP like Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Assam. Several dozen people, mostly Muslims, have been killed in those incidents of lynching.