Bhim Army not to contest Lok Sabha polls; will instead back joint Opposition nominee against BJP

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekar called for Dalits and Muslims of the country to unite under one banner to defeat the BJP

Press Trust of India November 26, 2018 19:42:59 IST
Bhim Army not to contest Lok Sabha polls; will instead back joint Opposition nominee against BJP

Lucknow: The Bhim Army on Monday said it will not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and instead support the candidates fielded jointly by the opposition parties against the BJP.

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekar alias Ravan called for Dalits and Muslims of the country to unite under one banner to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) "which talks of changing the Constitution".

"Neither are we going to constitute a (political) party nor will we contest (Lok Sabha elections). We will make 'Bahujan Samaj' aware and unite them against the BJP," he told reporters.

Bhim Army not to contest Lok Sabha polls will instead back joint Opposition nominee against BJP

Image of Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad. ANI

"The BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) is strong and I want a strong alliance of other parties with it. I also appeal to all (non-BJP parties) to contest the elections under the leadership of (BSP supremo) Mayawati. I ask all Dalit organisations to unite," he said.

He further claimed to have the support of the country's "Muslim brothers" and said everyone was uniting against the BJP.
"We will uproot the BJP, which talks of changing the Constitution," he said.

The Bhim Army chief further accused the saffron party of taking refuge in issues like Ram Temple whenever elections approach but this time, he said, even Lord Ram will not save them.

Asked about the purpose of his Ayodhya visit, Chandrashekar said he came to find out the "reality" after receiving reports that Muslims were migrating from the temple town.

"I have got some messages that Muslims are migrating. I have realised that there is no such situation here," he said.

"I met officers and they assured me that they will not let any such thing (migration) happen and yesterday's event also passed off peacefully," he said referring to Vishwa Hindu Parishad's 'Dharam Sabha' to press for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

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