Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday threatened to reconsider support to the Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan if they failed to withdraw the cases lodged against people who participated in the ‘Bharat Bandh’ organised on April 2 over the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act. The BSP is supporting the Congress governments in both the states from the outside.
Mayawati said there was a need to warn the Congress regarding unfulfilled promises on the New Year’s eve as well as in view of the coming Lok Sabha election.
The Congress governments should not back away from the promises the party had made during the assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, she said in a press statement released.
Promises alone will not satisfy the people, she said. Alleging that there was a general feeling among people that the Congress and the BJP were two sides of the same coin in terms of making promises, she said it remained to be seen whether the Congress would able to change this perception, she said.
Dalit organisations had called a Bharat Bandh on April 2, demanding implementation of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and reservation in promotion for SC/ST government employees.
After the agitation, cases were registered against innocent people by the then BJP governments in various states, she said, demanding that now that Congress was in power in three of these states, it should immediately revoke the cases.