Muslims suffered during Congress rule: Mayawati

Updated - November 17, 2021 12:04 am IST

Published - December 18, 2011 05:25 pm IST - Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati being presented a momento by Muslim leaders during a rally in Lucknow on Sunday. Photo: Subir Roy

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati being presented a momento by Muslim leaders during a rally in Lucknow on Sunday. Photo: Subir Roy

“In the 40 years of Congress rule in Uttar Pradesh, Muslims lived in constant fear, there was no guarantee to their lives, or religion and they were even deprived of their constitutional rights,” BSP chief and Chief Minister Mayawati said.

Addressing the BSP Muslim-Kshatriya-Vaish workers' convention' here on Sunday, she appealed to the gathering to ensure that the Congress did not return to power “after 22 years” in the State.

Aware that Muslims could tilt the scales in about 110 Assembly constituencies, Ms. Mayawati mentioned the Bhagalpur and Jamshedpur communal violence in Bihar, which happened under the Congress rule, and the recent violence at Bharatpur in Congress-ruled Rajasthan to drive home her point. “Since Independence, Muslims have been betrayed by the Congress, which has used them for garnering their votes, and in turn has only given them false assurances,” Ms. Mayawati alleged.

Listing the welfare measures taken by her government and the party's support to reservation for Muslims, she held the Congress responsible for the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal. “It was the result of a political conspiracy. Besides, the Congress' soft attitude towards the BJP strengthened the latter.” The blow to communal harmony manifested in the December 6, 1992 incident in Ayodhya, which was strongly condemned by the BSP, she said.

She condemned the practice of branding the entire community terrorists for the wrong deeds of a few “as was the case with Sikhs post-1984.” It was wrong to see all Muslims in the same light for the misdeeds of a few.

Addressing a huge rally at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, the Chief Minister supported the cause of Muslim reservation and demanded the formulation of a national reservation policy for it. On reservation for backward Muslims, Ms. Mayawati said the 27 per cent quota for Other Backward Classes should be increased through a constitutional amendment.

The BSP supremo claimed that Kshatriyas (Thakurs) and Vaish had also suffered under the other regimes, particularly when the Samajwadi Party was in power. She said their interest had been kept in mind and several steps taken for their welfare under the BSP regime.

“Baseless charges”

In her hour-long address, the Chief Minister slammed the Opposition parties for levelling “baseless allegations” about corruption and criminals in politics. She condemned the BJP's allegations against her family members. Without mentioning Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, she said if that party said the elephant ate money then it was sure that the party had lost its mental balance. She coined a new slogan chadh vipaksh ki chhati par, mohar lagegi haathi par (steamroll the Opposition to enable a BSP victory).

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