Comments of Mayawati
In India, every political party is a pretender. Those who claim to be secular practise the worst kind of communalism and casteism and those who claim to be protecting Hindu rights are actually protecting only the rights of the 'reserved' Hindus. The BJP/ABVP pretenders to be the protectors of Hindu rights have never spoken for the NR Hindus. The only Hindus the pseudo-Hindus can see are the 'Reserved Category'. Take the case of the pre and post-matric scholarships that is available to all school children/students of SC/ST/OBC/Minorities with family incomes upto Rs. one lakh. The annual budget of CG/SG amounts to over Rs.2000 crs per annum. However, not a paise of scholarship is available to the NR Hindus even if they are very poor. The BJP/ABVP have carefully refused to raise a voice in favor of the poor NR Hindus. Is it not pseudo-Hinduism? Did the BJP/ABVP oppose the hate-promotion under the guise of undoing centuries of oppression as if other than themselves, the rest of the human beings are guilty. Consider what Mayawati had to say only yesterday. We hate the word Upper Caste but we know the context in which Maya has used it here. Two comments are extremely pertinent. One of which can be used in courts and the one against BJP. "I used to believe that a majority of the upper castes were economically and educationally well off, but this isn't true as over 80% of them are poor and deprived of education," "Upper caste have ruled for 48 years and despite this they haven't benefited," Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of misguiding the upper castes, Mayawati said: 'The BJP projects itself as a custodian of upper caste rights. But during my three earlier stints (as chief minister) when BSP ruled with the support of BJP, the latter always pressurised us to drop the welfare schemes for the upper caste community members.' (this is shocking. The BJP has so far not refuted this charge though Maya has levelled it for the nth time) Mayawati promises quota for upper caste poor
Indo Asian News ServiceSun, Oct 19 06:48 PM Lucknow, Oct 19 (IANS) With the next Lok Sabha elections round the corner, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Sunday promised to provide reservation to the poor among the upper castes if her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came to power at the national level. 'The reservation on the basis of economic and other parameters will enable the upper caste community members to address their problems, especially those related to poverty and unemployment,' she said.'I have already written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this regard.'Addressing a convention of upper castes here, Mayawati held the Congress party 'most responsible for the sorry status' of these communities. Post-independence, the Congress has ruled the country and this state most of the time, but it never thought seriously of addressing the problems of upper castes, she said. Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of misguiding the upper castes, Mayawati said: 'The BJP projects itself as a custodian of upper caste rights. But during my three earlier stints (as chief minister) when BSP ruled with the support of BJP, the latter always pressurised us to drop the welfare schemes for the upper caste community members.' Mayawati called upon the upper castes to join hands with Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes 'in order to get the key to the central and the state governments'. 'With this master key, all communities will be able to get rid of their problems themselves by involving themselves in policy-making,' she said. Talking about the representation of various upper castes in the Lok Sabha and the assembly, Mayawati said: 'The BSP ticket will be given only to those who can solicit full support of their community members.' This was why more Brahmin candidates than those from other upper castes were fielded in the last assembly elections, said Mayawati. The chief minister also accused the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of not taking adequate steps for the all-round development of the state. 'For undertaking welfare schemes for upper caste sections and other communities, I have written several letters to the central government, but it has not replied to any of the letters,' she said. 'Had the central government released funds for the Rs.80,000 crore (Rs.800 billion) package we sought, the development scene of the state would have been altogether different.' The chief minister said the BSP was the sole political outfit that can work for an-all round development of all communities. 'BSP has no vested interests - unlike other political outfits, which have become a puppet in the hands of industrialists and multinational companies,' Mayawati told the gathering.http://in.news.yahoo.com/43/20081019/818/tnl-mayawati-promises-quota-for-upper-ca.html?printer=1 Mayawati promises quota for upper caste poor TNN 20.10.08
LUCKNOW: Amid slogans of " Savarn button dabayega, haathi Dilli jayega ", Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, speaking at a BSP convention for upper castes here on Sunday, gave a solemn assurance that if BSP comes to power at the Centre, her first priority would be to extend reservation to the poor among the upper castes.
"I used to believe that a majority of the upper castes were economically and educationally well off, but this isn't true as over 80% of them are poor and deprived of education," said the CM.
She held the Congress responsible for the plight of those from the upper castes. "Upper caste have ruled for 48 years and despite this they haven't benefited," said the BSP chief, who says the Congress's wrong polices — and the vested interests of its leaders — is responsible for this situation.
She said the situation would change for the better once the BSP comes to power at the Centre. "This is no rhetoric but a fact. I am one person who thinks twice before making any commitment and once I commit something, I honour it," Mayawati reiterated. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-3615837,prtpage-1.cms
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