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Jalandhar: At her first rally, Mayawati goes soft on ruling Badals

 At a time when Badals have become the favourite ‘punching bag’ for leaders of rival parties in their poll speeches in the run up to the assembly polls, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, in her first election rally in Punjab, avoided making any scathing attack against the Punjab’s first family.

assembly elections Updated: Jan 31, 2017 12:17 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva
Mayawati

BSP supremo Mayawati addressing a political rally in Phagwara, on Monday.( Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

At a time when Badals have become the favourite ‘punching bag’ for leaders of rival parties in their poll speeches in the run-up to the assembly polls, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, in her first election rally in Punjab, avoided making any scathing attack against the Punjab’s first family.

She blamed the successive Congress and SAD-BJP governments in Punjab for the ills of the state.

“Drugs and unemployment are the two main issues in Punjab polls. The successive state governments, those of the Congress and SAD-BJP, are responsible for the drug menace and unemployment is the result of wrong policies of the Centre,” Mayawati read out from a written speech.

Mayawati’s soft approach towards Badals gave air to the theory that BSP was playing the second fiddle to SAD in Punjab.

ShesaidPMNarendraModi had implemented demonetisation to cover up his failure on the promise of bringing about ‘achhe din’ and the people of Punjab should vote against the alliance to punish it for making people suffer. She also raked up the issue of alleged atrocities on Dalits across the country, citing Rohith Vemula and other incidents.

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The BJP and RSS, in the garb of reviewing the reservation system, are trying to do away with it and other parties may also do the same, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati said at a poll rally at Mehal Kalan village near here on Monday. She said people belonging to Scheduled Castes, Schedule Tribes and Other Backward Classes should not vote for the BJP, Congress and other party as it was not in their interest. She was addressing a rally in favour of BSP candidate Makhan Singh.

“Unlike other parties, we do not issue any election manifesto, as we believe in doing instead of just making promises. In fact, you should be cautious not to fall in the trap of promises in manifestoes,” she said.