New Delhi, July 31: With Mayawati accusing Union Minister Ramdas Athawale of working to divide Dalit votes, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Udit Raj hit back at the BSP supremo, asserting that she never spared any emerging Dalit leader.
"Mayawati is always in the news for making statements. Has she done more work than me and Athawale towards dalits? Whenever another Dalit leader opens his mouth, Mayawati pounces on him," Raj told ANI here.
Further stating that Mayawati has no authority to make such sweeping statement, the BJP Dalit leader said that for the past 15 years she has branded him as an agent for both the Congress and the BJP.
A day after Athawale questioned why Mayawati did not embrace Buddhism if she claimed to be an Ambedker follower, the BSP chief hit back at him saying that he was working with an aim to achieve BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal of "dividing Dalit votes and making them work as slaves of other parties".
"The BJP and PM Modi have recently inducted some ministers with a slave mentality into the Cabinet. RPI's Ramdas Athawale is one of them," she said. Athawale was recently inducted into the Narendra Modi cabinet and given the ministry of social justice.