"Dalits Won't Fall For This Stunt": Mayawati On New Punjab Chief Minister

Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati said the Congress as well as other political parties think of Dalits only in times of crisis.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said Congress still does not have faith in Dalits. (File)

Lucknow:

After Charanjit Singh Channi took oath as Punjab's first Dalit chief minister, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati asked Dalits to be wary of the Congress' "election stunt".

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also claimed the Congress is rattled by the SAD-BJP alliance for the Punjab Assembly polls.

"Congress still does not have faith in Dalits. Dalits need to be very alert to their double standards. I have full faith that Dalits will not fall for this stunt," Mayawati said.

The BSP chief said she has come to know that assembly elections in Punjab will be fought under a non-Dalit leader and not under Mr Channi.

The reality is that the Congress as well as other political parties think of Dalits only in times of crisis, she charged, terming the appointment of Mr Channi as an election stunt of the Congress.

Mr Channi was sworn in as chief minister of Punjab earlier this day.

The Congress decision to name Charanjit Singh Channi, who is from Rupnagar district in Punjab's Malwa belt, assumes significance as 32 per cent population of the state comprises Dalits.

The BSP and SAD had in June forged an alliance for the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections.

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