Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav also lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for “using social media to spread hatred against religions and communities”.
LUCKNOW (IANS) — Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of patronizing and promoting people behind mob lynching in states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to communalize politics in the poll-bound states.
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, the four-time Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that incidences of mob lynching by cow vigilantes had the backing of the BJP, which was trying to communally polarize the states which were headed for assembly polls.
“The BJP is trying to convert democracy into mobocracy so that they can spew venom against the forces opposed to it” she said which terming such incidents “dark blots” on India.
Mayawati also said that the “BJP has always been anti-minority, disrupts communal harmony, destroys social fabric, peace and mutual trust for their own political benefits”.
In the 2014 general elections, the BJP garnered some 31 per cent votes and this it cannot claim to be the “choice of the people”, she pointed out while adding that the ruling party was by now well aware that its return to power in 2019 was impossible and hence the Narendra Modi government had now turned to being arrogant and reckless.
The Dalit leader also said that mob lynching was a well thought out plan by forces which were being backed by the BJP. She added that in present circumstances she was reminded of the words of her mentor and BSP founder Kanshiram, who often said that the Union government should not be “mazboot” (strong) but “majboor” (weak).
BJP using social media to spread hatred: Akhilesh
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for “using social media to spread hatred against religions and communities”.
In a statement issued here, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that this was fast turning into a major threat to democracy, with any person or organization who condemns or refutes such misinformation being either victimized on the social media or targeted by various government agencies.
“The basic agenda of the BJP was to disrupt social and communal harmony, create economic distress and to bring to an end probity and moral values in politics,” he said.
He accused the BJP of not doing any development and rather spending public money in false propaganda. “They say the UP Chief Minister travelled to all 75 districts of the state in the past 16 months and the Prime Minister visited 50 plus countries in his four year tenure…but what has it resulted in?…there are no answers.”
Neither has any foreign investment come nor problems like unemployment, inflation, farmer distress, crime, law and order being tackled by the BJP governments, the SP chief said while slamming the tenure of both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
People claiming of sprucing up law and order have no answers to the killings inside prison walls and crimes against women, Akhilesh Yadav said while also alleging that state-sponsored “goondaism” in the order of the day in Uttar Pradesh now.