BSP supremo Mayawati warned people against the “communal designs” of the BJP and RSS on Sunday, accusing them of attacking minorities in the name of “cow slaughter” and “love jihad”.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also questioned Narendra Modi-led Centre on its failure to keep his promises made before Lok Sabha polls.
Launching BSP’s campaign for the 2017 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati also targeted Congress and ruling SP during her hour-long address to thousands of supporters at Kothi Meena Bazaar in Agra, considered home to Dalits and Muslims.
Asserting that no one can stop BSP from forming the government in the state, she said it was not only a political party but a ‘movement’ and promised ‘achche din’ for those seeking law and order and peace.
Accusing Congress of “fooling the poor in name of reservation”, Mayawati reminded the people that its chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit had “blamed those from UP and Bihar for law and order issues in Delhi” when chief minister there.
BJP, she said, was working on the agenda of RSS—to spread communalism—and was doing the same now from the Centre.
Citing cases of Rohit Vemula suicide, Daya Shankar, Dalit flogging in Una, Mayawati said BJP and Congres leaders visited Dalit houses “just to have food and create confusion”.
“Dalits need action and not emotions when they are attacked,” she said, asking how BJP promised to bring law and order in a big state like UP when they could not do so in Delhi.
She criticised BJP for targeting Muslims in the name of ‘Gau Raksha’ (cow protection), Love Jihad, conversions, and “painting them as suspicious in the name of terrorism”.
She accused the saffron party of being ‘anti-reservation’ for Dalits and promoting privatisation in important ministries.
She also took a jibe at the recent ‘Dhamma Yatra’ of Buddhist monks promoted by RSS, saying it had backfired because of Una and Dayashankar episodes and reminded people that those from upper caste are being given due representation in BSP.
On RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat asking Hindus to have more children, she asked, “Who would feed them?”
Mayawati also accused Prime Minister Modi of “politicising” the Independence Day with his long speech on achievements, which she claimed was not working.
On Modi’s pre-poll promises, she asked, “What about cheaper ration, free water and electricity, welfare of farmers, increase in earning of labourers and relief to small traders?” and alleged that “the BJP at the Centre has banks waiving off huge loans of the rich while a farmer availing a small loan is being pressurised leading to suicides”.
“Before Lok Sabha polls, Modi had promised to bring back black money and credit Rs 15-20 lakh in every poor person’s account. But, BJP has instead brought an anti-farmer land acquisition law, which was passed although we opposed it,” she said, and observed that the benefit of the law is being harvested by the rich while poor are left to suffer.
Citing the Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallya, Vyapam scams, she said BJP was no different from Congress in corruption.
Attacking the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in the state, the former chief minister recalled incidents such as Muzaffarnagar riots, Dadri lynching, Jawahar Bagh killing and Bulandsahar rape to describe the lawlessness in the state.
She accused the Akhilesh Yadav government of taking credit for the development projects such as Express Way and Metro, saying they were initiated by her government.
Hitting out at former BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya who joined BJP recently, she said, “Those who leave BSP leave alone because in BSP it is the supporters who create their leader.”
She also slammed the media for reports against her party.
“Media has been saying that tickets are sold for crores in BSP, and on other hand says that BSP is in shambles as leaders are leaving the party. If BSP is becoming weak, why would anybody pay crores to get tickets?” she asked.
The BSP leader said there would be “conspiracies” and “surveys” against the party and warned supporters not to lose their cool and asked them to focus on winning.
Mayawati also told Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav that he had no right to call her ‘bua’ (aunt) as his father Mulayam Singh Yadav had made an attempt on her life on June 2, 1995, at the UP Assembly guest house.