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No reason to support Congress in Uttar Pradesh: Bhim Army

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The said the has done nothing for Dalits during its 60-year rule and there is no reason for it to support the party in in the polls.

The remarks by the Bhim Army's came days after in-charge for east Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met its chief at a hospital in on Wednesday, which is being seen as a outreach move of her party.

"The fought B R Ambedkar. The party ruled the country for so long, but did nothing for us. Atrocities were inflicted on Dalits under its rule. It gave rise to the RSS and the BJP," Singh alleged, adding "there's not a single reason for us to support it".

"She wanted to meet Chandrashekhar bhai, but he said no. She then made a special request and they met for a few minutes. No political issue figured in their talks," he told

The group's founder, Chandrashekhar Azad, had announced at a rally in the national capital on Friday that he would contest against from and welcomed support of all parties, including the Congress, to take on the BJP.

Chandrashekhar had also sought the support of the (SP) and the for his candidature, saying his group would back their alliance in other seats.

Singh said the would not have supported BSP supremo Mayawati had she not been part of the movement and asked to make amends for the mistakes of his party.

He said a few people in the SP have taken up the issues of Dalits. "But, mistakes have been made and should give an answer. He should make amends if he wants Dalits to vote for his party," he said.

He was referring to SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav's comment in Parliament that Modi should become again and the party's alleged silence on Dalit issues.

Asked about Mayawati terming the a product of the BJP during the 2017 Saharanpur clashes, he said, "We would have never supported her and her party had she not been part of the Dalit movement. There are a number of Dalit MPs and MLAs who are not part of this movement. We have nothing to do with them."

Singh also said a candidate would also be fielded against

He said they would also field candidates in which has a considerable Dalit population. The state sends 13 representatives to the

The Chandrashekhar-led group shot to limelight during the May 2017 clashes between Dalits and upper caste Thakurs in Saharanpur.

Chandrashekhar was arrested after the clashes. Though he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court, the arrested him under the stringent National Security Act. He was released in September 2018 after 16 months in jail.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 16:40 IST