Former Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav took a jibe at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over his declaration about ‘would be Deputy chief minister’ of Punjab. During a massive rally in Punjab on Friday, to woo ‘dalit vote bank’ Kejriwal declared that if AAP wins the upcoming Punjab assembly polls then it would appoint state’s deputy chief minister from elected dalit MLAs.
Taking a jibe over his promise to dalit voters Yadav termed it as ‘anti-Ambedkar’ move. He tweeted, ” ‘New’ politics breaks into “vote bank”, comes up with “2 number ka note”!…Tokenism and stigmatisation that Dr Ambedkar opposed all his life.”
‘New’ politics breaks into “vote bank”, comes up with “2 number ka note”!
Tokenism and stigmatisation that Dr Ambedkar opposed all his life. https://t.co/fAIeYaSaUa
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) November 25, 2016
Yadav referred Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, father of Indian Constitution and considered as the biggest dalit thinker in the world because he in his whole life opposed casteism and advocated equality for the deprived people. Now, Kejriwal especially quoting ‘dalit’ word to draw votes during Punjab elections.
However, Kejriwal didn’t revert back to Yadav’s comment.
AAP is being seen as a serious contender in the state that has given four MPs to the party in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. As Kejriwal seeks to widen his influence outside Delhi, wooing the dalit community has been as a major aspect of party’s poll strategy.
After the alleged suicide by Rohith Vemula, a Dalit student from the Hyderabad Central University, and flogging of Dalits in Una in Gujarat, the AAP has been attacking the BJP.
In Delhi, Kejriwal chose Rakhi Birla, an MLA from the Dalit community, as a replacement for deputy speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly Bandana Kumari.
(With inputs from PTI)