The Congress vice-president had on Tuesday accused Mayawati of not allowing any Scheduled Castes leader to rise in Uttar Pradesh, as he said that the Dalit community needs ‘escape velocity’ of Jupiter to underline that they needed to make more efforts for success.
Addressing party workers in the national capital at Bahujan Prerna Kendra to mark the seventh death anniversary of Kanshi Ram, Mayawati said that Congress had a ‘casteist’ and ‘disdainful’ attitude towards him.
"This is the reason why the Congress-led government at the Centre did not declare even a day's mourning on his death for which our people will never forgive Congress. This is a
proof of their anti-Dalit mentality, for which we criticize them in strong words," she said in a statement.
Addressing a programme on National Awareness for Scheduled Castes Empowerment in New Delhi, Rahul Gandhi had said, "If you want to take this (Dalit) movement forward, then one Dalit leader or two Dalit leaders would not be enough. Lakhs of Dalit leaders are needed, the leadership of the movement has been captured by Mayawati. She doesn't allow others to rise."
Congress leaders have claimed that Dalits were originally with the party but were weaned away by BSP in the wake of the Mandal-Mandir agitation. The party believes efforts should be made to bring them back to their ‘original home.’


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