Congress' love for Dalits a deception: Mayawati over Kharge's new role
Lucknow/UNI: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati Thursday took a jibe at the election of Mallikarjun Kharge, a Dalit, as the Congress president and said the Congress love for Dalits is a deception.
Accusing Congress of neglecting Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution and Dalit society, Mayawati said the Congress has a history of making Dalits as 'scapegoats' during its bad times.
She added: "During the long run of its good days, the Congress remembered mostly non-Dalits and now when it is out of power, it is keeping Dalits... Is this not deceit and pseudo politics?"
Kharge, who is set to become the 98th Congress president succeeding parliamentarian Sonia Gandhi, won the elections over erudite Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor by a huge margin.
The president-elect has got 7,897 as opposed to Tharoor's mere 1,072, paving the way to become the second Dalit chief after Jagjivan Ram of the country's oldest political party.