20 October, 2020

My Focus Is On Ensuring Modi Govt’s Defeat: Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad

Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad tells Outlook that his focus is on Modi govt's defeat, but he won't contest elections.

Photograph by Suresh K. Pandey
My Focus Is On Ensuring Modi Govt’s Defeat: Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad
outlookindia.com
2018-12-21T11:30:07+05:30

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...

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