New Delhi: In a bid to wean away Dalit vote bank from the Bahujan Samaj Party in 2012 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to scuttle the social engineering formula which helped Mayawati to storm back to power in 2007 assembly elections with a thumping majority.

Lashing out at Mayawati for installing statues in UP, BJP president Nitin Gadkari alleged that building her own statues and parks using huge public money would not help the cause of Dalits.

At a party programme held on the death anniversary of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar here on Tuesday, Gadkari said if the Chief Minister had spent such a hefty amount of money on the welfare of Dalits, they would have been brought to the mainstream of society.

"When Mayawati came to power, there was hope for Dalits. We will have to accept that she put up a number of statues of Baba Saheb Ambedkar in Uttar Pradesh. But the welfare of Dalits is not taking place and they are still fighting against poverty and hunger," Gadkari said.

He alleged Rs 10,000 crore had been spent by Mayawati to put up statues and build parks for "vote bank politics".

Charging her with ‘wrong policies and corruption’, Gadkari said the BSP government’s wrong policies have led to the plight of people in the state.

"Why can't Dalit youth get employment in Uttar Pradesh? Because there are no new industries," Gadkari said, adding that Ambedkar's name has been used for political gains in the state.

"Women are not safe in UP. The progress in the state has been that of a select few," he alleged.

The BJP president cited the example of a ‘Brahmin Minister’ in Mayawati's Cabinet and charged he and his kin had made illegal profits. He did not name the Minister.

He further said the BJP would bring socio-economic changes which would end all kinds of discrimination, including those based on caste, adding that Dalits had to convert to Buddhism due to discrimination.

"We should strive to create a society where people are judged not by their caste but by their talent and labour," Gadkari said, while adding that BJP does not believe in making electoral promises and then forget them after the polls.

Gadkari emphasised his party's motto of serving the last man in the queue- Antyodaya- was aimed also at the welfare of Dalits.

Former Madhya Pradesh CM and firebrand BJP leader Uma Bharati also trained gun on Mayawati. Rebutting Maya for terming her as ‘borrowed leader’, Bharati said, “I am a sanyasin who has no particular state to live in.”

Sources said the BJP is happy over the Maya-Uma rivalry viewing it will blunt the edge of Congress general secretary Rahul’s campaign.

Meanwhile, the BJP is also keen to bring upper caste vote bank back to its fold. The Upper caste vote bank was instrumental to the saffron party forming government both at the Centre and in UP.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies