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“Modi Has Been Unfair to Dalits and SCs,” says Rajbhar to Mojo Story


By Sonal Nain, 22 Feb 2022


Uttar Pradesh is gearing up for the fourth phase of elections, which will cover the capital Lucknow to Lakhimpur Kheri. Former BJP ally Om Prakash Rajbhar of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) is contesting from Ghazipur’s Zahoorabad constituency and against the Saffron party.

The fourth phase will include 59 constituencies divided into nine districts. The Samajwadi Party is running for 58 seats, while its ally Om Prakash Rajbhar’s SBSP is running for the remaining two. The BSP and Congress will run for all the 60 seats, while the running BJP will run for 57, leaving three for its ally Apna Dal (S).

Rajbhar told Mojo that he is ready to say goodbye to the BJP (“BJP sarkar ki vidai ke liye tayyar hain”) who he alleged have been unfair to OBCs and SCs for many decades. He emphasized that farmers and young people are particularly distressed with the Modi-led party making false promises of distributing INR 15 lakhs and employing 2 crore people. The BJP has not provided any jobs with 11 lakh vacancies in the government services which they are unable to fill. 

Furthermore, the price of a gas cylinder and motorcycle rates were raised and Dalits were deprived of their rights (“Pichdo aur Daliton ka hissa loota jaa raha hai,”) Rajbhar explained. He said that after Ambedkar, he is the second leader to give up power on issues, “I want to bring change to people and treat everyone equally.”

He also stated that Modi’s remark linking his party’s election symbol ‘cycle’ to the bicycles used in the 2008 Ahmedabad bomb blasts is disrespectful because it is a symbol of the common people. Everyone rides a bicycle regardless of religion, caste, or gender. He went on to say that if we talk about rising in price, he refers to us as Pakistanis. Rajbhar asserted that people are waking up to the fact that they have been treated unfairly and they want real change now.

 

Watch the full conversation below.