Virtually putting the Congress-led governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on notice, BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday said she might have to "reconsider" her party's outside support to them if cases against "innocent" persons framed in Bharat Bandh on April 2 were not withdrawn.
"If the newly-elected governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan do not act swiftly and withdraw the cases against the innocent persons framed in Bharat Bandh, the BSP may have to reconsider extending the outside support to the Congress governments," she said in a hard-hitting press byte.
Mayawati said the cases against the innocent people were framed out of political and caste considerations in Uttar Pradesh and other states including MP and Rajasthan, which were previously under the BJP. She said now that M.P and Rajasthan are ruled by the Congress, the new governments should immediately withdraw such cases, failing which her party would have to reconsider its decision of extending outside support.
In response, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit acquiesced, saying, "This is Mayawati's political stand, she had demanded false cases against farmers to be taken back. Shivraj Singh government had pressed false charges. MP Congress has said that it will carry out the process. It is natural that the party which is your ally and has its own stand on issues. Even we had also mentioned the same in our manifesto. The cases will be taken back."
The BSP has two members in Madhya Pradesh's 230-member assembly, while in Rajasthan her party has six seats in the House of 200 MLAs. The BSP extended outside support to the Congress to form governments in these two states as it had failed to reach a majority on its own.
Mayawati also said the governments formed by the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan should not work like the BJP, which did not fulfil its promises made to the farmers and the unemployed.
"The warning to the Congress is necessary, as now merely making announcements is not enough. People are of the view that in making promises on papers, the Congress and the BJP are two sides of the same coin. Now, it depends on the Congress whether it is able to change this perception,"she said in the statement.
She said that had the Centre foregone its "stubborn" behaviour pertaining to triple talaq bill, 2018, and sent it to the joint select committee of Parliament as demanded by the entire Opposition, it would have been better.
The BSP chief said in the past five years, there have been non-fulfilment of promises, and by showing dreams of 'achche din', demonetisation and GST have been implemented in an immature manner.
Update: The Congress in Madhya Pradesh has decided to withdraw the cases.
(With agency inputs)