Waman Meshram, National President, Bharat Mukti Morcha, 2009 Speech
Politics of riots
Riots that take place in the County they do not occur with an intention of riots. Congress Party formed government in India. People gave votes to Congress. During the rule of congress party 1200 riots took place in the Country and what is special is that the riots were against Muslims. It is possible that this number may be an underestimate as lower intensity riots are not included in this counting. During Congress rule riots took place at Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. Over there curfew was imposed for six months. In the BJP ruled Gujarat when the riots took place curfew was imposed for two months. In BJP ruled state curfew was imposed for two months and Uttar Pradesh’s Congress rule curfew was imposed for six months. In spite of this who did Muslim vote? Undisputedly it is Congress Party that gets Muslim votes. This is matter of thinking. It is matter of reflection. This is not the matter of blaming anyone. There is a gap in Muslim’s objectives and behavior. If there is gap between Muslim’s objective and their behavior then when will they achieve their objectives? Objective can be achieved then when there is unity between objectives and behavior. Congress people campaign that if you do not vote for Congress then BJP will come to power. And this campaign is launched specially amongst Muslims. This campaign is one strategy.