BSP seeks support of all castes and classes

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Kolkata, Dec 2 (UNI) Seeking to garner support from the upper castes of the whole of India, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today said here that her party intends on bringing all its castes and classes together into one social brotherhood.

With an intention to create a support base for her party in West Bengal, the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo tried to explode the myth that she was against the upper castes.

''If that is so, then why did the Congress ally with us in 1996.

The BJP was also associated with us for some time,'' she said while proving her point.

She countered the Congress and BJP of launching a propoganda that the BSP was against the upper castes. She also castigated the two parties, as well as the Left Front in West Bengal, of doing away with reservations in the public sector by privatising PSUs.

''They are privatising PSUs on the pretext that they are incurring losses,'' she alleged.

She, however, made it very clear that her party was not against privatisation, but maintained that reservation should be the main criteria before handing over any PSU to private concerns.

She also spoke in support of reservation of the religious minorities and the economically-weaker sections of the upper castes.

''For this, the Centre will have to amend the laws.'' UNI

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