Lucknow, May 4: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Savitri Bai Phule said that the Uttar Pradesh government’s Dalit outreach programme is a “fake show” and would not help the party or the government.
Her remarks were in reference to the controversy over Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s minister Suresh Rana having a lavish food at a Dalit family’s house.
Noting that 85 percent people of India belong to a backward class and are the poorest, she said, “Those eating food at the residence of Dalits, they are neither using utensils of their house nor are they eating the food cooked there instead of this ordering food from an eatery. This is all a fake show and is not going to help”.
However, this is not the first BJP MP from Bahraich Sadhvi had voiced against the party in support of Dalits.
Earlier, she had questioned the Centre’s “inaction” over the “dilution” of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by the Supreme Court.
“From Parliament to the streets, I will raise the issue of reservation, as it is our constitutional right. If there was no reservation, many Scheduled Caste people, including me, would not have been able to reach Parliament or become a doctor, or President,” Phule had said.