In Agra, BSP workers protested outside the Evergreen hotel where Dhamma Chetna Yatra leaders were staying. The activists said that the yatra was sham and had nothing to do with Dalit empowerment. The BSP workers accused monks of helping BJP for furthering their own political gains.
Around 200 BSP workers were gathered outside the hotel and raised slogans.
“Vapas Jao, Vapas Jao”. The protestors were also carrying placards saying, “Modi ke chele vapas jao” and “Modi ke chelo dharam k rajniti mat karo”.
Suneel Chitor, Zone Coordinator of BSP said that the protest was not organised by BSP but the protestors were supporters of BSP.
Chitor accused BJP of using monks to further their own political gains and said that BJP should stop doing divisive and communal politics.
Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP state president denied these protests as a “sign of frustration” of BSP. He said that BSP had lost the trust of dalits and were setting up these demonstrations to mislead the people.
“Dalits are very much with BJP”, he said claiming that the proposed rally of party’s National President, Amit Shah, was cancelled only because of the inclement weather and not for any other reason.
He blamed BSP for organising these protests and said that they had committed sin by insulting the monks.
“They would have to pay a price for showing disrespect to the monks”, he said adding that Dhamma Chetna Yatra is a religious march and the BJP is supporting it, as it aims for Dalit empowerment.
Maurya ignored the questions on BJP’s CM face for UP 2017. He said that the name of the CM Face will be finalised at an appropriate time.
“Our aim is to form a government with our slogan Sabke sath sabka vikas and there is no deficiency of talent in our party”, he said.
Keshav Prasad Maurya denied any probabilties of former BSP leader, Swami Prasad Maurya of joining BJP.
Maurya also attacked SP government and said the government had failed to carry out any development work in Uttar Pradesh. He blamed SP government for the poor law and order situation in the state.