BJP Government Worse Than Britishers, No Dalit Will Vote For BJP Ever Again: Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad
"The BJP is ruling thanks to the politics of religion, which is not going to work much longer," Azad said.
Bhim army chief Chandrashekhar Azad, who was in jail since June 2017 after Yogi Adityanath government slapped National Security Act (NSA) charges against him, was released on Friday morning, around 2:30 am.
Talking to outside Saharanpur jail, Azad vowed to uproot Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from power in 2019 elections. “I would like to urge all the Dalits to fight for their rights, no matter if they have to take to streets. Dalits should be ready to take what is given to them in the Constitution. I will continue to urge people to uproot this dictator BJP government,” he said.
The Yogi government revoked NSA charges against Azad and ordered his release on ‘sympathy grounds’, following his mother’s plea.
Speaking on his release one and a half month before the due date, Azad said, “Government was so scared that they are going to be rebuked by Supreme Court, that they ordered an early release to save themselves. I’m confident they’ll frame some charges against me within 10 days: I’ll ask my people to throw BJP out of power in 2019.”
Azad also accused BJP of being an anti-Dalit party and worse than the British government. “Dalit community is well aware now. They are not going to vote for anti-Dalit parties, especially the BJP. Dalits are not going to vote for BJP at any cost now. We will convince all the parties to form a mahagathbandhan and remove this dictatorship government which is worse than the Britishers.”
“It is very true that this is the ideology of BJP. They are against the Dalit community, Muslims and other backward castes. The BJP is ruling thanks to the politics of religion, which is not going to work much longer,” he added.
Talking about the clashes that took place on April 2 last year, Azad said, “The protest of April 2 was non-violent, but how did 11 people die? The BJP is like a double-mouthed snake. They can’t be trusted. Everybody is facing atrocities barring capitalists.”
On May 9 last year, the Bhim Army had called a mahapanchayat in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur to protest atrocities against Dalits. The police denied them permission but hundreds of protestors turned up on the day of the event. This was followed by clashes between the protesters and the police, after which the police arrested Chandrashekhar Azad under the NSA.