A police report was filed against SP leader Swami Prasad Maurya after he used a 90s slogan during a programme on Monday in Raebareli. Akhilesh, the party president, also attended the ceremony to witness the unveiling of the statue honouring Kanshi Ram. Mayawati, the head of the BSP, stated on Wednesday that members of the Dalit, OBC, and Muslim communities should be wary of the Samajwadi Party because it prioritises caste politics and “anargal” issues over development and the general welfare.
Her comments came two days after Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav declared that the “Bahujan Samaj” is joining forces with his party in a significant way to protect its rights, democracy, and the B R Ambedkar-drafted Constitution. Mayawati said that Mulayam Singh Yadav’s aims were not pure and that they were to defame the BSP and continue Dalit persecution, referring to the SP-BSP alliance created by party founder Kanshiram.
BSP, which was established in 1984, stands for Bahujans, which includes religious minorities as well as the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), and Other Backward Classes (OBC). “In the presence of the SP chief, the news of a case against a SP leader involved in the Ramcharitmanas controversy over the slogan ‘Mile Mulayam-Kanshi Ram, Hawa Ho Gaye Jai Shri Ram’ is in headlines today,” she stated in a tweet in Hindi.
“In fact, it has been the nature of SP to do politics of hate on caste lines and unrestrained issues instead of development and public interest of Uttar Pradesh,” she added. The SP politician Swami Prasad Maurya spoke the 90s catchphrase during a programme on Monday in Raebareli, and it quickly became a social media sensation. This prompted a FIR to be filed against him. At the ceremony, where Kanshi Ram’s statue was revealed, party president Akhilesh was also present. “And this fact has been coming in front of the people regularly that in 1993 Honourable Kanshi Ram ji had formed the SP-BSP alliance with a missionary spirit, but despite Mulayam Singh Yadav becoming the CM of the alliance, his intentions were not pure and was that to defame BSP and continue Dalit oppression,” Mayawati stated.
“In the same sequence, the slogans related to Ayodhya, Shri Ram Mandir and upper caste society etc, which were propagated during that time, were mischievous and well-planned conspiracy of SP to defame BSP,” she mentioned. “Therefore, there is a dire need for the Dalits, OBCs and the Muslim community to beware of such activities of the SP,” the former chief minister added. Akhilesh said in his speech on Monday that the Bahujan Samaj is confident that the Samajwadi Party (SP) will bring all groups together and hand the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a humiliating defeat. He claimed that the BJP was robbing Dalits and OBCs of their rights and reservations while also depriving them of their reservations.