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Change mindset towards Dalits, or I'll become a Buddhist: Maywati to BJP

she blamed BJP for the suicide of Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad and the Una case of Gujarat where some Dalits were assaulted resulting in outrage and protests

Press Trust of India  |  Azamgarh 

BSP chief Mayawati
BSP chief Mayawati

chief on Tuesday attacked the claiming it should change its mindset towards the Dalits, Tribals and backward classes or else she would be forced to convert to like Bhimrao

"I throw an open challenge to the to change its casteist and communal mindset towards Dalits, Adivasis, Backwards and also those who have changed their religion or else I will also have to take a decision towards changing my religion to Buddhism," she said at a party rally here.

Recalling Ambedkar, she said that after witnessing discrimination in the 'varna vyawastha' (caste system) in Hinduism, he had called on the Shankaracharyas and seers to modify it. Since it was not done, Ambedkar, a little before his death, converted to in along with his followers, she said.

The chief said that she too is giving an opportunity to the Shankaracharyas, religious leaders and people associated with the to change their thinking or else she too will convert to at the right time along with crores of supporters.

Accusing the of taking the "casteist agenda" of the forward, she blamed it for the suicide of Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad and the Una case of Gujarat where some were assaulted resulting in outrage and protests.

Charging the with fielding a Dalit associated with the as the presidential candidate to garner votes, she said that because of this, Congress and other opposition parties had also fielded a Dalit candidate.

First Published: Tue, October 24 2017. 18:57 IST