Maya emotionally blackmailing people: Congress

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Lucknow, Aug 11: The Congress Party on Monday, Aug 11 blamed UP chief minsiter and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati for trying to 'emotionally blackmail' the people by apprehending a threat to her life and announcing her non-existant 'political heir'.

Congress general secretary and in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Digvijay Singh here said by announcing that her political heir would be from the 'Chamar' community, she had gone against the ideology of Dr B R Ambedkar and BSP founder Kanshi Ram for unity among the Dalits.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Singh said ''Congress has no objection if Ms Mayawati becomes the Prime Minister, but everyone knows that even if she wins all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh her dream could not be fulfilled till the entire country supports her.'' Taking strong exception of charging the Congress for trying to eliminate her, former Madhya Pradesh Chief minister said, she should give proof of her allegation. ''Congress always adopted the ideology of 'Ahimsa' and if required the Centre can provide more NSG commandos for her security,'' he said.

Besides, by announcing that her political heir would be of the 'Chamar' community, the Chief Minister has tried to create division in the Dalit community which was always opposed by other Dalit leaders in the past, he claimed.

Mr Singh said the apprehension on her life as stated by the BSP leader was the handiwork of some of the leaders and bureaucrats, who were surrounding the CM. ''These leaders and officials don't want Ms Mayawati to meet the people for receiving the first hand information about the corrupt practices of her government,'' he said.

Commenting on the Badalpur land row, he questioned the CM to clarify how her father could purchase land in the area after notification of the land acquistion in the area. ''The Congress will continue to agitate against the wrong doings of the BSP government at Badalpur even if the party leaders are arrested under the National Security Act (NSA),'' he said.

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