S.P.Pandey ,Chandigarh, April 28, 2009: BSP national president Behan Kumari Mayawati, while addressing a massive rally organized in support of party candidate from Chandigarh Parliamentary seat and former Civil Aviation minister Mr Harmohan Dhawan, said here today that both the Congress and the BJP were responsible for failing to ensure justice for the Sikh community.
Ms Mayawati said, “It was a mistake of only one or two people who killed then prime minister Indira Gandhi, but the whole Sikh community had to suffer because of weak government. That incident highlighted the Congress party’s double standards and proved that they have no space for any minority community.”
“The BJP is also not different from the Congress and as it was the major party in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition for nearly six years but they never tried to pay attention towards the cause of Sikhs. It is the biggest tragedy that Sikhs of our country are still struggling to have justice,” she added.
The BSP leader said she assured Sikhs living all across the country that complete justice will be given to them if her party came to power. “All the culprits behind the Sikh riots will be identified and put behind the bars,” she said.
Mayawati alleged that other national parties are driven by the money of big landlords and corporates and that was why on coming to power, they unduly favour these sections at the cost of backward classes and minorities.
“Both the Congress and the BJP have failed at the centre. Poverty and unemployment are the biggest problems of the country and they are more prevalent among downtrodden sections,” she said.
“There are no jobs for our youth and out of frustration, they are adopting the footsteps of Naxalites or some other wrong path,” she said.
Ms Mayawati appealed to the over 10,000 people sitting at the Sector 25 rally ground to vote and support Mr Dhawan and do not get swayed away by the media hype, as there were some media houses which were unduly supporting some candidates in returen of financial favours. She asked the people to think and then vote.