In a fresh move to expand her social engineering formula to get into the political centrestage ahead of the Haryana assembly elections, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati on Sunday denied the charge of being against the Jat community.
Addressing her maiden election rally on Sunday, Mayawati justified her move to nominate Arvind Sharma, a Brahmin leader, as the party’s chief ministerial candidate due to his caste.
"If I bat for a non-Jat chief minister, it does not mean I am against Jats. I want their welfare also. For decades, only Jats have occupied the CM office in Haryana and I support the idea of giving equal participation of other communities as well in sharing political power," she said at the well-attended rally.
BSP candidate from Assandh Maratha Virender Verma touching feet of Maywati at the election rally held in Karnal on Sunday.HT Photo
Mayawati said carrying on electoral tradition of the BSP, the party would not release any election manifesto in Haryana as well. “Hum wadon mein nahin, kam kar ke dikhane mein vishwas rakhte hain,” she said.
However, she added that if voted to power in Haryana, the BSP would allot 3-acre cultivable government land to landless families and unemployed youths. “Jab Uttar Pradesh ki satta mere pas thi to humne berozgari bhatta nahin, balki sarkari zamine hi deen theen. Agar Haryana ki satta bhi BSP ke paas aati hain to sab vargon ka pura khayal rakha jayega,” she said.
Hitting out at the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Mayawati asked her supporters not be disillusioned by the false promises being made by candidates of all other parties.
She charged the BJP and the Congress with neglecting the issues of minorities and BSP’s demand to give due reservation benefits to the poor sections of the upper castes.
Mayawati said various welfare schemes started by the Centre and the state governments for socio-economically oppressed sections failed due to poor execution. “Congress wale Daliton aur garibon ke utthan ke liye bahut sare wade kar rahen hein. Unse yeh puchho ke satta mein 10 saal rehte huye ye sab kyun nahin kiya,” she said while hinting at INLD leadership for allegedly patronising goons.
Attacking the BJP, Mayawati said the party was misleading people and people should not get disillusioned. “Yeh sach hai ke (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi ne jo vayde kiye the, unko pura hone mein samay to lagega. Par aisa karne ki shuruat tak nahin dikh rahi hai,” she said, while lamenting that the BJP was not doing any major work for uplift of poor, Dalit and minorities even when it had ruled at the Centre for six years.
The four-time Uttar Pradesh chief minister said during her regime not a single communal riot took place.
BSP’s chief ministerial candidate Arvind Sharma said it was unfortunate that a particular caste (read Jat) was benefitted in all spheres and they were wrongly given reservation benefits.
“Going by the caste calculations, the BSP is capable of winning 60 seats,” claimed Sharma, three-time parliamentarian who recently quit the Congress to join the BSP.