Appeals to them to throw out the Congress governments at Centre and Maharashtra

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday appealed to her supporters to throw out the Congress-led governments at the Centre and in Maharashtra and bring their party to power “for the development of sarva samaj .”

Addressing a rally at the Kasturchand Park ground here from a replica of Delhi’s Red Fort, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister told her supporters to strive towards reaching “the real Red Fort so that you people do not have to make replicas of the fort.”

“To get a permanent solution to all your problems, bring a BSP government to the Centre, because it is one such party in the country which is not dependent on the economic support of big corporate houses. Our party fights elections with the money donated by common BSP workers,” said Ms. Mayawati, declaring that those who oppressed Dalits in Maharashtra would be given exemplary punishment if her party came to power.

Holding the Congress responsible for the current uncertainty over the promotions bill, she said: “The Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) are not getting proper benefits of the constitutional provisions made especially for them. The Opposition parties are conspiring to take away their [SC and STs] constitutional rights. The fresh example of this was the way SC-ST quota in the promotions bill was stalled in Parliament. In the garb of the honourable Supreme Court’s decision, this benefit has almost been taken away by the ‘casteist’ Opposition parties.”

Congress blamed

Accusing the Congress of not being serious about the quota bill, she said the party did not appoint a good lawyer when the case of M. Nagaraj vs Government of India came before the Supreme Court in 2006 questioning the quota in promotions for the SCs and STs, which was in place since 1955.

Taking credit for the passage of Quota bill in Rajya Sabha, she said: “They [Congress and BJP] are plying with reservations of SCs and STs.