Maya threatens to embrace Buddhism like Dr Ambedkar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Oct 2017 09:23:10



BJP should change its mindset towards the Dalits, tribals and backward classes, says BSP chief

BAHUJAN Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday attacked the BJP claiming it should change its mindset towards the Dalits, tribals and backward classes or else she would be forced to convert to Buddhism like Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar.

“I throw an open challenge to the BJP to change its casteist and communal mindset towards Dalits, Adivasis, backwards and also those who have changed their religion or else I will also have to take a decision towards changing my religion to Buddhism,” she said at a party rally here. Recalling Ambedkar, she said that after witnessing discrimination in the ‘varna vyawastha’ (caste system) in Hinduism, he had called on the Shankaracharyas and seers to modify it.

Since it was not done, Dr Ambedkar, a little before his death, converted to Buddhism in Nagpur along with his followers, she said. The BSP chief said that she too is giving an opportunity to the Shankaracharyas, religious leaders and people associated with the BJP to change their thinking or else she too will convert to Buddhism at the right time along with crores of supporters. BSP chief Mayawati alleged that there was a conspiracy to eliminate her during her visit to the Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur which saw caste clashes earlier this year, a charge rubbished by the ruling party.