BSP supremo Mayawati on Sunday attacked the Narendra Modi government accusing them of spreading hatred and communalism in the country.

Attacking the Central Government, the BSP chief said cases of crimes against Dalits and minorities have increased in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government.

She said: “Dalits are being targeted in various parts of the country in the name of cow protection. Minorities and Dalits are being harassed, as BJP wants to convert India into a Hindu nation.”

Mayawati was addressing a Bahujan Samaj Party rally at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar ground in Lucknow, in which lakhs of people are are said to be participating.

“Harassment of Dalits and minorities would stop in the state once a BSP government comes to power in Uttar Pradesh,” Mayawati promised the one of the large party gatherings.

She hoped to form a majority government in the state and said better law and order, especially safety of women, would be the main focus of her government.

Uttar Pradesh is scheduled go to polls in 2017.

(with IANS inputs)