Criticising UP Chief Minister Mayawati for advocating quota for Muslims, the BJP on Sunday alleged that she was misleading the community and also insulting Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, who was opposed to reservation on religious grounds.

“The State government is misleading the Muslims by talking about reservation to them,” BJP national vice-president Kalraj Mishra said.

“Both the Centre and the State governments are talking about 15 per cent reservation to them, they should first tell that this provision would be from which quota,” Mishra said on the fourth day of his Jan Swabhiman Yatra.

“Chief Minister Mayawati is insulting Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar as he was opposed to reservation on religious lines,” Mr Mishra alleged.

A poor person is a poor person and he has no caste or religion, he said.

“The Centre and the State are trying to ignite communal passions in the country,” the BJP leader alleged.

He said that Mayawati was wary of senior party leader L. K. Advani's ‘Jan Chetna Yatra' and therefore she inaugurated Rs 700 crore park in Noida.

“Her rhetoric of being a Dalit's daughter is nothing more than an attempt to cheat Dalits. “BSP government in U.P. is an associate of the Centre in corruption whether its MNREGA or NRHM,” Mishra alleged.

“Yeddyurappa's arrest will not affect Yatra”

Meanwhile, in Jaipur the BJP said that the arrest of former Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa would not cast a shadow on L K Advani's yatra against corruption. “Our party has given a message that we do what we say. In Yeddyurappa's matter, our president Nitin Gadkari had announced a change after Lokayukta's report and it has been done,” BJP's national general secretary Vijay Goel said. “The matter of Yeddyurappa will not affect but strengthen our struggle against corruption. The Janchetna yatra of Adavani is against corruption and for clean politics,” he said.

He alleged that Congress failed to give message that it is against corruption.

“There are three reports against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit but no action was taken against her,” he said.

Mr Goel also accused the Gehlot government of being involved in rampant corruption.

“Gehlot government is surrounded by corruption and ministers are involved in corrupt practices. Bhanwari Devi missing case, illegal mining are some of the cases. During the Rathyatra we will also highlight the corruption of Gehlot government,” he said.

Mr Goel said that the Rath Yatra will pass through nine parliamentary constituencies and six districts of Rajashthan from November 9 to November 12. - PTI