Dalit leader and BJP MP from Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh Savitribai Phule on Thursday resigned from the party, accusing it of dividing the society on communal lines and ‘plotting to finish the constitution and provisions of reservation’.
The MP said the BJP government was trying to erase the “history of Bahujan and minority” and spending “unnecessarily” on building statues and temples, instead on development. Ms. Phule made the announcement on the death anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar, December 6, which is also the day the Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayohdha in 1992.
While referring to both, Ms. Phule said the VHP, RSS and BJP were trying to recreate the situation of 1992 and dividing society on communal lines. She said she was resigning in commemoration of the Babri demolition, which “hurt the feelings of Muslims, Dalits and Backwards,”,as well as the parinirvan diwas of Bhimrao Ambedkar. “Instead of ensuring development, they are stoking fears of Hindu-Muslim, India- Pakistan, Mandir-Masjid, and spreading hate and destroying communal brotherhood,” Ms.Phule told the press at an event organised by the Namo Budhay Sewa Samiti on Dr. Ambedkar.
“I resigned becsuse the RSS and BJP are fully prepared to finishing off the constitution made by Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and reservations,” she said.
Listing out the reasons behind her resignation, Ms. Phule, who was first elected as a BJP MLA in 2012 from the reserved seat of Bansi, and then as a member of Parliament in 2014, said she had nothing to do with the party anymore. “MPs and ministers of the current government are spreading communal strife and tearing the constitution to shreds,” said she.
Among the reasons for her decision to quit the ruling party, were the “threat to reservations, and the failure of the government to punish those involved in the burning of the constitution and raising slogans against Baba Sahab in August”.
“Some people want to run this country on the Manusmriti, and don’t follow the constitution” she said, promising to launch a campaign form December 23 on the implementation of the constitution and for the rights of Dalits and OBCs.