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Mayawati promises SCS status to Odisha if voted to power

Bhubaneswar: Bahujan Samaja Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday while addressing an election meeting in Bhubaneswar promised that if her party form Government at the Centre after the general elections, it would definitely give the Special Category State (SCS) status to Odisha.

Accusing the Congress, the BJP and the regional parties like the BJD of ignoring people from the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and religious minorities, Mayawati urged people to unite under the BSP banner and vote for it in the coming polls.

“Neither the Congress, the BJP and other opposition parties in the country nor the BJD and opposition forces in Odisha are committed to development of a poor State like Odisha. If the BSP comes to power at the Centre then it will certainly allot SCS status to Odisha,” said Mayawati.

The three time former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also blamed the Congress and the BJP for their anti-Dalit and faulty policies for the socioeconomic development of people belonging to the SC, ST and minority communities.

Urging people of Odisha to vote for BSP, Mayawati said her party would field candidates in a maximum of Lok Sabha and Assembly seats in Odisha.

“Though the SC and ST people constitute about 50 per cent of Odisha’s population, their poverty rate is still a matter of concern. If people bless us, we will change the status of SC, ST and Dalits of the country and also of Odisha,” she said.

So far, the BSP has announced to field candidates in 55 Assembly and 10 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha.

Among others, BSP State president Tankadhar Bag and State in-charge Dharmvir Singh Ashok also spoke.

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