Lucknow, Apr 2: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Bahraich, Savitri Bai Phule, on Sunday hit out at the Modi government over reservations and recent incidents of attack on Dalit community people. Addressing a massive gathering of Dalit community, Phule also targetted her own government at the Centre desecration of B R Ambedkar’s statues in parts of the country. The Dalit parliamentarian said she had no fear of losing her seat and will protect the Constitution and implementation of the reservations.
“At times, it is being said that they would review the constitution…they would end reservation. How dare they…Whether I remain an MP or not, I will ensure that the constitution remains unchanged…will ensure that reservation is implemented,” Savitri Bai Phule, as reported by the Indian Express, told a gathering at the Aarakshan Bachao Maha Rally. The Dalit MP was greeted with cheers amid slogans: “Didi tum sangharsha karo, hum tumhare sath hai…(Sister you keep fighting, we are with you).”
Savitri Bai Phule said she had taken a pledge to ensure reservation for the Dalits and she will leave no stone unturned to achieve this goal. She made a veiled attack on the Uttar Pradesh government, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over recent incidents of atrocities against Dalits. “Why are people of our community facing hardships even today, why are people of our community are not getting respect?” she said.
Taking on the Centre over vandalism of B R Ambedkar’s statues, Phule said, “Babasaheb gave the country its Constitution. An insult to Babasaheb is virtually an insult to the country’s Constitution. A person who damages the idols of Babasaheb is a traitor, and accordingly adequate action must be taken against him.”