Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party saying the saffron party has "sold the nation to capitalists" and dented the national fabric of the country.
Mayawati accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of bringing to power those political leaders who according to her have close ties with capitalists. The Dalit leader said by doing so the PM destroyed the hopes of poor people and left them at the crossroads of misfortune and misery.
"This is a deliberate attempt by the incumbent government in the Centre to give power in the hands of the capitalists so that the privatisation of everything could be done leaving no scope for the reservation for the other deprived classes," Mayawati said while addressing a public gathering in Jammu. The BSP has little presence in the state.
Mayawati said successive governments at the Centre, that of the Congress and the BJP, have left no scope for the schedule castes, tribes and other backward classes to lead a better life. She said governments in New Delhi for the last six decades neglected the Muslim community as well.
"Muslims and other minority classes in India need a special reservation for which BSP has written letters to the centre, but no response was got from them," she said.
The BSP chief criticised Modi over his promise to bring back black money stashed in banks abroad. "Such 'lollipops' by the party have distracted the mindset of the people of the nation who need to see into the actual bearings of the BJP," she said.
The BSP leader said earlier governments in Jammu and Kashmir have also been influenced by the capitalist mindset which filled the coffers of a chosen few. She appealed to the people of the state to vote for BSP to get rid of the present governance in Jammu and Kashmir.
In her speech, she cited the "political and social upliftment" of her state, Uttar Pradesh, where she ruled as chief minister.