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No reason to support Congress in Uttar Pradesh: Bhim Army

NEW DELHI: The Bhim Army said the Congress has performed not anything for dalits all the way through its 60-year rule and there is not any reason why for it to support the birthday party in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha polls.

The remarks by means of the Bhim Army's national president Vinay Ratan Singh came days after Congress common secretary in-charge for east Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met its chief Chandrashekhar Azad at a hospital in Meerut on Wednesday, which is being noticed as a Dalit outreach move of her birthday party.

"The Congress fought B R Ambedkar. The party ruled the country for so long, but did nothing for us. Atrocities were inflicted on Dalits under its rule. It gave rise to the RSS and the BJP," Singh alleged, adding "there's not a single reason for us to support it".

"She wanted to meet Chandrashekhar bhai, but he said no. She then made a special request and they met for a few minutes. No political issue figured in their talks," he told PTI.

The dalit staff's founder, Chandrashekhar Azad, had announced at a rally in the national capital on Friday that he would contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi and welcomed the support of all parties, including the Congress, to take at the BJP.

Chandrashekhar had additionally sought the support of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for his candidature, announcing his staff would back their alliance in other seats.

Singh said the Bhim Army would not have supported BSP supremo Mayawati had she not been part of the dalit movement and requested SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to catch up on the mistakes of his birthday party.

He said a couple of other folks in the SP have taken up the problems of dalits. "But, mistakes have been made and Akhilesh Yadav should give an answer. He should make amends if he wants Dalits to vote for his party," he said.

He was once regarding SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav's remark in Parliament that Modi should become high minister again and the birthday party's alleged silence on dalit problems.

Asked about Mayawati terming the Bhim Army a made of the BJP all the way through the 2017 Saharanpur clashes, he said, "We would have never supported her and her party had she not been part of the Dalit movement. There are a number of dalit MPs and MLAs who are not part of this movement. We have nothing to do with them."

Singh additionally said a candidate would even be fielded against Union minister Smriti Irani.

He said they'd additionally box applicants in Punjab which has a substantial dalit population. The state sends 13 representatives to the Lok Sabha.

The Chandrashekhar-led staff shot to limelight all the way through the May 2017 clashes between Dalits and higher caste Thakurs in Saharanpur.

Chandrashekhar was once arrested after the clashes. Though he was once granted bail by means of the Allahabad top courtroom, the UP police arrested him beneath the stringent National Security Act. He was once released in September 2018 after 16 months in jail.

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