Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that his party had offered Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati to jointly fight the recent Uttar Pradesh assembly polls and make her the chief ministerial candidate but she did not even respond.
“We gave a message to Mayawati to form an alliance and asked her to become the chief minister. She did not even talk to us,” Gandhi said.
He alleged that Mayawati gave a clear passage to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state because of “the CBI, the ED, and Pegasus.”
During the release of a book, “The Dalit Truth”, Gandhi said the Constitution is a weapon but it is meaningless without institutions, which he alleged have been captured by the RSS.
“This is not a new assault. It started the day when Mahatma Gandhi was killed with bullets,” he said.
The Congress leader said people can fight till such time they speak up or else institutions will continue to be used and controlled and the Constitution will not be followed.
“This is the reality of India. And when the Constitution becomes defunct, the weak are the worst affected — Dalits, minorities, tribals, unemployed, small farmers and the poor.”
Encouraging Dalits to fight for their rights by treading the path shown by B R Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi, he said, “Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution, gave the weapon to people but today, that weapon has no meaning as the media is being controlled and a spyware is being used to control political leaders.”
Gandhi pointed out to the state of the country’s economy and said, “This is the time to fight. Ambedkar and Gandhi had shown that there is a path, but you need to tread on it. There is a way, but you need to tread that path.”