Hitting back at BJP chief Amit Shah after he needled her on desertions in Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former chief minister Mayawati said his “childish” remarks betrayed the BJP’s nervousness ahead of the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, the former chief minister lashed out Shah saying the BJP-led government at the Centre should have imposed President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh to fulfil its promise to improve the law and order situation, but it “failed” to complete its “constitution obligation”.
“Our growing base has made BJP nervous so much so that its president Amit Shah is making childish remarks on Uttar Pradesh’s law and order situation and not taking any action,” Mayawati said.
This was Mayawati’s fourth impromptu press conference in a span of less than a fortnight, prompting political opponents to claim that the recent desertions from the BSP left the leader jittery.
Shah had commented that Mayawati would be the lone party member by election time at the rate party leaders were deserting the BSP.
In back-to-back setbacks to the party in last fortnight, two senior leaders and once close confidants of Mayawati – Swami Prasad Maurya and R K Chaudhary – quit accusing her of auctioning tickets for the upcoming Assembly polls, ignoring Kanshi Ram’s ideology and running the organization like her “private real estate company”.
At Sunday’s conference, Mayawati also attacked the Akhilesh Yadav government for failing to control crime, saying policemen were paying with blood. She further added that imposition of President’s rule in the state was the only answer.
“I want to say that the NDA government at the Centre has failed to carry out its constitutional obligations… Shah’s remarks are not only childish, they are irresponsible,” she said.
Mayawati also charged the BJP with dabbling in “dirty designs” and playing politics in the name of Ram Mandir to return to power in the state.
She also mocked Shah for punctuating his speech with expressions like “jungle raj” and “goonda raj” instead of doing anything.
During a series of recent meetings in Uttar Pradesh in the run up to the next year’s assembly elections, Shah had accused the Samajwadi Party and BSP of propping the former UPA government at the Centre for 10 years, aside from failing to maintain law and order in the state.