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Jul 14, 2013 at 03:58pm IST

Caste-based rallies organised to unite the nation, says Mayawati

Lucknow: Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati on Sunday said the caste-based rallied were organised to unite the nation. In a recent ruling, the Allahabad High Court had banned caste-based rallies in Uttar Pradesh and had said such rallies divide the society. Mayawati raised an objection to it and said, "We organise such rallies to unite the nation."

The BSP chief hit out at the BJP and asked the Supreme Court to step in and stop polarisation of votes on Ayodhya. Her remarks came in the backdrop of BJP UP's in-charge Amit Shah commitment of build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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She also asked the apex court to ban organisations such as the RSS, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal. "For a long time, parties have been using disgusting politics in Faizabad to get votes. We appeal to the Supreme Court to intervene in this matter so that inter-religious bonds are not weakened," she said.

She condemned Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's 'puppy' remark where he compared the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots to animals. "We implore Narendra Modi to introspect and be mindful of how he speaks of minorities in India," she said.

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BSP chief said that the party leader Vijay Bahadur Singh comment on Modi was his personal opinion and has been given a warning for his act. "We have dropped his candidature for the next Lok Sabha elections. If he continue to indulge in this act, he will be dismissed from the party," BSP chief said.

Singh had said that the Gujarat Chief Minister was a "sensitive" person and his comments were misinterpreted.

The BSP chief has also said that the party support separate statehood to Telangana.

Mayawati hit out at the state government saying the law and order situation has worsened and asked the Governor to impose President's rule in the state. She said, "The SP is promoting criminal elements in the state."