In a bizarre incident on Tuesday, two Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leaders were garlanded with shoes, faces blackened and paraded outside the office by some of the BSP workers who alleged corruption in ticket allocation.
Ramji Gautam, the national coordinator, and Sitaram, former in-charge of the party’s state unit were the victims of the incident. The workers also made Gautam sit on a donkey and paraded outside the party office in Banipark.
“Our workers are upset with the leaders. The workers have worked on the ground for five years but they have given ticket to parachute candidates, who are of the BJP and the Congress, in lieu of money. BSP workers and leaders are being ignored and exploited,” a BSP worker present there said.
“We have held three demonstrations here but the leaders have not conveyed our plight (to BSP chief Mayawati). Therefore, we had to take this step,” he said.
BSP chief Mayawati condemned the incident and termed it as a shameful act and blamed the Congress for it.
In a tweet in Hindi, Mayawati said that, “Earlier Congress pulled out BSP legislators from the party, and now it is attacking the Ambedkar movement by targeting senior party members through such shameful act.”
कांग्रेस पार्टी ने पहले राजस्थान में बीएसपी विधायकों को तोड़ा और अब मूवमेन्ट को अघात पहुँचाने के लिए वहाँ वरिष्ठ लोगों पर हमला करवा रही है जो अति-निन्दनीय व शर्मनाक है। कांग्रेस अम्बेडकरवादी मूवमेन्ट के खिलाफ काफी गलत परम्परा डाल रही है जिसका जैसे को तैसा जवाब लोग दे सकते हैं।
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) October 22, 2019