Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad tells Preetha Nair he won’t contest elections and that the BSP’s ‘sarvjan’ idea is problematic. Excerpts:
Will you join the grand alliance?
My focus is on ensuring the Modi government’s defeat. But I won’t contest elections now. One can change the system without being in power by working among people. They are the ones who choose the government. If the BSP, SP and Congress join hands, I will support the grand alliance. Bhim Army is with Mayawati.
Did Mayawati fail to harness the Dalit anger that rocked the country, especially in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan?
Madhya Pradesh was the epicentre of the April 2 protests. Dalits were angry because the BSP didn’t do much about the unending atrocities against them. But they still voted for it. The party shouldn’t give tickets to people involved in crimes against Dalits.
Mayawati has always kept a distance from...