BSP members walk out of Lok Sabha, say BJP is anti-Dalit
Bahujan Samaj Party members led by
Mayawati today staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha immediately
after G M C Balayogi's election as Speaker, protesting
against the Bharatiya Janata Party's alleged ''anti-Dalit'' attitude.
The walkout came after Prime Minister A B Vajpayee said his party
had sponsored a Dalit's candidature as Lok Sabha Speaker.
Talking to newspersons, Mayawati took strong exception to
Vajpayee saying that his government had sponsored a Dalit for the
high office. She said it was the BJP which had engineered a split in
the BSP, a Dalit party, in Uttar Pradesh recently.
The BSP leader said the BJP government had also foisted a case
against her by ordering the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe the float
pump deal when she declined their offer to join the BJP government
at the Centre. This clearly revealed the anti-Dalit stance of the
BJP government, she said.
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