Jalandhar: BSP Punjab President Avtar Singh Karimpuri on Thursday said that the state congress does not want an alliance with the BSP, rather its agenda was to wipe out BSP from Punjab in the ensuing assembly elections.
Karimpuri said that the congress was concerned about the dalit vote bank in favour of the BSP, which could cost it dear. He said that Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh has spoken to the BSP leadership before March 15 this year about an alliance.
Addressing a press conference, Karimpuri said that Capt Amarinder put a condition that the BSP should support congress in Uttar Pradesh as well as Punjab too, after which alliance talks came to an end. “Congress was aware of the BSP’s dalit vote base. But their main agenda was to wipe out BSP from Punjab”, he said.
Karimpuri said that during a rally of BSP supremo Mayawati in Nawanshahr on March 15, she has categorically refused to go for an alliance with any party in poll bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand.
Further lashing out at the ruling SAD-BJP alliance, Karimpuri said that the anti-dalit face of the ruling government has come to the fore. While atrocities against dalits were on the rise, no justice was delivered to the victims.
The BSP Punjab president pointed out that not only dalits even those belonging to the general category were also not safe. “The recent attack on RSS leader Brig Jagdish Gagneja was a recent example of lawlessness in the state. Similarly a sarpanch in Muthada Kalan village in Phillaur sustained bullet injuries by goons but no action was taken by the police. Dalits were attacked in Khurdpur and Nakodar but no justice was done”, he said.
Karimpuri said that the BSP would be holding a protest against such atrocities in Jalandhar on Septemer 2. Earlier, he welcomed SC/BC Teacher union president leader Gurmail Chander along with his supporters on Thursday.
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