BJP trying to 'cheat' OBCs ahead of elections: Mayawati

BJP trying to 'cheat' OBCs ahead of elections: Mayawati

BSP president and former UP chief minister Mayawati. PTI file photo

BSP chief Mayawati today claimed the Centre's plan to bring a bill to grant constitutional status to the OBC Commission in the Parliament was just an effort to "cheat" weaker sections ahead of upcoming polls.

The BJP, which has tried to deprive backward sections like the Dalits and the Tribals of their rights, is now trying to bring a bill granting constitutional status to the backward commission to lure weaker sections, Mayawati said in a party release here.

"The BJP wants to cheat these sections on election eve and is, therefore, bringing the bill in the Parliament. This is nothing but part of their poll strategy," she said claiming the saffron party had always been "anti-backwards and anti-reservation".

The BSP president said while she welcomes the "delayed move" but wants to know why this bill was not brought in the last over four years of BJP rule at the Centre.

"Now when the Lok Sabha, as well as Assembly elections in Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, are drawing near, the BJP government is bringing this bill so as to take some votes of these sections," she claimed.

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