BSP supremo Mayawati sounded a bigul for the next general elections in Nagpur on Sunday by appealing the weaker sections to choose her party for overall development of dalits, OBC and farmers in the country.
She launched a scathing attack on the Congress for delay in passing the bill for providing reservations to SCs and STs in government jobs promotions and also did not spare the BJP in her fiery speech at a virtually pre-election rally.
"The Congress as well as the BJP are hand in glove and are not allowing this bill to be cleared," she alleged.
She said in 2006, the Apex Court had rendered unfractuous the policy of promotions given to SC and ST employees that was in practice since 1955. "The Congress-led UPA in power failed to protect the interests of the backward communities. It did not put up a strong defence in the case," she alleged.
The BSP leader continued, "In next elections, you can settle the scores by rejecting the Congress as well as the BJP for its anti-dalit stance," she said and urged the dalits and backwards to value their votes. "Be strong to show that your vote is not for sale."
A specially designed dais replicating the historic Red Fort formed the backdrop and notably Mayawati ended her hour-long speech by imploring crowds that it was time she was elected the next Prime Minister so that she would not need false facades and could address the nation from ramparts of the real Red Fort after 2014 elections.
"Vote for the BSP in the ensuing general elections so that I can deliver Independence Day speech as Prime Minister from the Red Fort of Delhi," she said amid clapping from the gathering.
The former UP chief minister alleged that the Congress ruled the country most of the time since Independence but advocated only for a handful of capitalists while ignoring the interests of weaker sections, particularly dalits, tribals and OBCs.
"Now time has come to change the government and vote for the BSP in the coming elections for overall development, particularly empowerment of women, weaker sections and dalits on the line of UP during my raj," she thundered.
Criticising the Congress-led UPA government for its failure in every front and involvement of its leaders in "corruption practices", Mayawati said: "inki niti and neeyat dono bahujano aur garibo ke liye saaf nahi hain" (Its policy and intention are not clear for OBCs and poorer section of the society) and hence they should be thrown out of the government. She also expressed her reservation on the "direct cash" policy for the poorer section of the people.
Pointing out the pathetic condition of tribals in the country, the BSP leader said that the tribals in the country lost their land and forests to the so-called industrial growth. In the process, without providing them jobs, they were deprived from their rights and everything.
"It was sheer frustration and anguish that led them to become naxalites," she pointed out.
Mayawati regretted that BSP founder Kanshiram worked hard in Maharashtra for a longer period to build up the organization but it was not possible for him to see a government of BSP, like UP, in his life time.
"Now it's time to throw out the corrupt Congress-NCP government and bring BSP's rule in Maharashtra for a better future of the weaker sections," she appealed.
If the BSP comes in power in Maharashtra, it would not build a memorial of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and other social reformers, like Mahatma Jyotiba Fule and Shahu Maharaj on mere 1-12 acre of land in Mumbai.
"We will build up a huge memorial of Dr Ambedkar on at least 100-acre of land in Mumbai if get power in the state," she announced.
"If the BSP comes to power, there should not be any discrimination or a fear psychosis among people who come from Bihar and UP and are settled in Mumbai. The party would ensure elimination of farmers' suicide in Vidarbha if it comes to power," she added.
The BSP chief also advocated for a separate Vidarbha state for its development. "If the Centre curves out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh, the BSP would insist for a separate Vidarbha state," she asserted.