New Delhi: Riding high on confidence and eyeing to win the ballot war in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is all set to reap political benefit on the plank of alleged atrocities against Dalits in the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party government.

Citing ‘Dalit atrocity’ as the main reason behind the BSP’s possible debacle in the 2012 upcoming polls, Congress MP from Barabanki and Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes PL Punia said, “Uttar Pradesh tops the list of atrocities committed against Dalits in the country. Moreover the state government has been showing inertia in taking action against accused in rape and murder cases.”

Talking to Dainik Jagran Punia said, “Chief Minister Mayawati failed to check the atrocities against Dalits. When Station House Officers deny lodging the FIRs against the accused, the victims have no option but to approach the court.”

Out of 2000 incidents, total of 1563 cases including rape and murder have been filed on the direction of court, added Punia.

On being asked if the BSP’s dalit vote will remain intact, NCSC Chairman opined, “For the first time, erosion in her core dalit vote bank is clearly evident in the state.”

“The people of the state have been familiar with the SP and the BSP government for the past 22 years. As far as the BJP is concerned, the saffron party is not in the race for the polls.

Therefore the electorates including dalits are pinning hopes on the Congress to form the next government,” stated Punia.
Punia shared his previous experience of working with both the stalwarts, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati, as their Principal Secretary.

“Mulayam was the man of words while present CM Mayawati was considered to be a strong administrator. Now both the leaders have lost their image. They are indulging in caste based politics,” added the Congress leader.

JPN/Bureau