‘SP and BJP are two sides of the same coin’: Sudhindra Bhadoria

Published: January 27, 2017 - 15:33 Updated: August 4, 2017 - 17:02

Criticising the two other contenders in the electoral race, BSP spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria says that his party is the only party that will ensure good governance


Days after the political battleground in Uttar Pradesh witnessed an alliance between the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and a desperate Congress trying hard to come back to power, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has said that the minorities in the state are apprehensive about their future under the present regime and have been mistreated by everyone in power, be it the SP or the BJP government.

Recalling the 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar and the mob lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri, BSP spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria said that the Akhilesh Yadav-led government in UP and the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre have only alienated the minorities in the state and the SP and the BJP are two sides of the same coin. “Minorities are worried and apprehensive about their future. Look at the Una incident and the Rohith Vemula suicide case in Hyderabad. These two communities are the most marginalised sections of Indian society. They have been treated very badly by those in power,” Bhadoria said.

While the BSP’s core voter base consists mainly of Dalits, it is attempting to reach out to Muslims as well in the 2017 Assembly elections by fielding 97 candidates from the community—the highest ever in the party’s history. Muslims constitute 19.26 percent of UP’s population. BSP spokesperson Bhadoria said that the party is confident that the arithmetic will work in their favour and that both Muslims and Dalits will vote for them.

Accusing the BJP regime of cheating people by demonetising 500 and 1000-rupee notes, Bhadoria said, “Notebandi (demonetisation) was the last nail in the coffin. At least 125 people died standing in queues. This is what the BJP has delivered to the people of the country.” 

The senior BSP leader said that with resentment amid people growing against the ruling SP and the BJP, the BSP will be able to provide an alternative to voters in UP who will give its leader Mayawati a mandate to govern.

She served as the chief minister of UP for four terms. However, her rule was tainted by corruption cases and extravagant expenses on creation of memorials for Dalit icons. According to a report compiled by the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA), a total of Rs 5,919 crore was spent on the construction of these structures at nine different locations in Lucknow, Noida and Greater Noida.

Dismissing the corruption charges as ‘propaganda,’ Bhadoria said, “As far as the two parks that were made by Mayawati are concerned, they are dedicated to Dalit and OBC icons and none of the kind exists anywhere else in the country. There are a lot of parks that have been made in a number of states and cities, nobody objects to them. When something is done to acknowledge the contribution of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram or Kabir Das, there’s a lot of hue and cry. I think those who criticize these memorials have something against these icons.”

The senior BSP leader said that the construction of these parks was ‘required’ at the time in order to show respect towards Dalit leaders but added that if the BSP came to power in UP, it will concentrate on curbing goondaraj and dangaraj and ensuring all-round development for all.

Shalini Sharma is a graduate from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai, with over three years of journalistic experience. She reports on politics, agriculture, foreign policy, human rights and other issues.

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