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Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar: Wan't to go to Banaras because PM Modi is anti-Dalit

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 16 March 2019, 10:47 IST
Chandrashekhar Azad

Speaking at the Bhim Hunkar Rally at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad has cleared his intention about contesting from Varanasi as he claimed that PM Narendra Modi is “anti-Dalit”.

Making the 2019 Lok Sabha election a triangular race, Azad said “When I announced we will fight from Banaras, Modi could be seen washing the feet of our brothers.”

Asking the crowd which had gathered to listen to Azad in the Hunkar Rally, he said, “Should I let Modi win from there? Do you want me to go there and defeat Modi? Do you want Modi to re-enter Parliament? Will you help me in defeating him? If I wanted to be an MP, I would have gone the reserved route. I don’t want to be a politician, I want to be a ‘bahujan ka beta’. I want to tell Modi there is someone who will not let you win easily. There is someone who will make you run back to Gujarat.”

Sparking the political corridors in Lucknow, Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia met Chandrashekhar in Meerut, while he was hospitalised which created talks about a possible alliance between the two.

Demanding people to vote accordingly and remember the sacrifice of University of Hyderabad student Rohith Vemula and the Bhima Koregaon violence, Azad reiterated his jibe against PM Modi and said, “A tyrant is a tyrant, he can never be a well-wisher. That is why I said, we will repeat Bhima Koregaon. There is no need for it now, but if there is any problem to the Constitution, we will repeat it.”

LJD leader Sharad Yadav shared the stage with Bhim Army and Azad said that he would support the Congress in the 79 seats but expects the same kind of support in Varanasi.

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First published: 16 March 2019, 10:47 IST