LUCKNOW: BSP chief Mayawati chose Ambedkar's death anniversary to play the Muslim card and described the disputed structure at Ayodhya as `Babri Masjid'. She also said that it was being destroyed by communal forces.
Mayawati's statement comes two days after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat reportdly said that the Ram Temple in Ayodhya would be constructed in his life time. "Ram aur Sharad Kothari ke jeevan se prerna lekar samaj khada ho aur Somnath ke samaan bhavya Ram mandir ke nirman hetu taiyyar ho (Society should draw inspiration from Ram and Sharad Kothari and prepare for building a grand Ram Temple like Somnath)," the RSS chief was quoted a few days ago.
Mayawati said that the incident took place on the day when the country was observing the death anniversary of Ambedkar who, she said, was secular. The BSP chief has been actively wooing the Muslim community after the Lok Sabha elections when her key dalit vote bank deserted her and drifted in favour of the BJP.
She emphasized that the present BJP government at the centre was not only ignoring dalits but also the Muslims. She alleged that the BJP was only fanning communal atmosphere. Mayawati also pointed out that Narendra Modi gave an anti-Muslim statement in context of 2002 Godhra riots just before the Lok Sabha elections.