Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday over the Uri killings that left 18 Indian soldiers dead. She said while the country expected Modi to initiate immediate steps to ensure that attacks aren’t repeated, the PM was busy engaging in “emotional blackmail”.
Addressing a press conference in Lucknow on Sunday Mayawati claimed that the PM was unable to assure the nation that such attacks won’t be repeated, she said, “The all-round failure of the Modi government in not being able to resolve such issues as well as those linked to public welfare and social security would cost the BJP not just in the forthcoming assembly polls but in 2019 Lok Sabha elections as well.”
She also questioned BJP government’s Kashmir policy.
The BSP leader said, “Instead of formulating a long term strategy after forging a consensus, the PM and his ministers are busy misleading the country.”
She said, “Instead of finding a solution on the issue, the PM was busy promoting select industrialists close to him. Now, he has even started campaigning for them. That is why there is considerable anger against the Modi government.”
The BSP chief who spoke for nearly 20 minutes later refused to take any queries on any other topic except Uri attacks and a brief take on UP Samajwadi Party government’s failure to check the outbreak of dengue and chikungunya.
She said, “In his Saturday speech at Kozhikode the PM counselled Pakistan PM to concentrate on initiating welfare steps to Pakistani people instead of focusing on exporting terror. However, while dishing out the well-meaning advice, the PM must consider if his record is good enough for such lecturing.”
She said, “I say so because while advising Pakistan to fight poverty, illiteracy and unemployment, the PM must also consider the record of his own government back home as the Modi government’s performance on the topics mentioned have been most dismal.”
She claimed Modi government’s inability to fulfill its pre-poll promises led to BJP’s defeat in Delhi, Bihar, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. “That is why the people of poll bound states like UP, Uttarakhand and Punjab now want Modi to first complete his old promises rather than make fresh promises to the people,” she said. The BSP chief also questioned the Modi government’s Kashmir policy.
“Despite sharing power in Kashmir with PDP, the Modi government has been unable to control popular unrest in the valley where the situation has only worsened in the last three months. Before winding up, she also attacked UP government over its inability to check the spread of Dengue and Chikungunya. “The UP government is busy fighting family wars even as people are under the grip of such deadly diseases,” she said.