The BSP general secretary Nasimuddin Siddique on Sunday assailed the ruling Samajwadi Party of only making tall claims about the welfare of the Muslim community in the state.
The BSP said that the SP's hobnobbing with the BJP had been badly exposed and the ruling party would no longer be able to misguide the community.
Talking to newsmen in Lucknow on Sunday Siddique said resentment was brewing in the community which was amply demonstrated during the local bodies election.
He said there had been a massive migration of the community from the SP and the trend was unstoppable. Siddique said it would largely help the BSP in the forthcoming assembly elections. Siddique said apart from the Iran nuclear issue and restoration of the minority character of Aligarh Muslim University, the party had vociferously defended the community's stand on the Danish cartoon issue.
He said Mayawati had then demanded the recall India envoy from Denmark in protest. Siddique rebutted the charge that Mayawati had accused the entire Muslim community of being fanatic. He said the BSP chief had only criticised one person of Meerut.
The BSP, which has planned to organise "Muslim conferences" from the first week of December, said it would come out with the welfare agenda for the community. Asserting that BSP chief Mayawati was committed to the welfare of the community, Siddique said whenever she came to power the government implemented various welfare schemes.
The BSP leader said the SP government had only been misguiding the community on the welfare issues. He said SP had also been trying to create fear psychosis among the Muslims, which would not work now. He said during the last three years the Dalits and Muslims had come closer in rural and urban areas and it had created ripples in the SP.
Siddique said in western UP there had been an overwhelming response of the community to BSP, as recently a large number of people joined the party.
Similarly in some strong minority community pockets the party had succeeded in strengthening its base. Siddique assailing the state government of the deteriorating law and order, said developmental activities had come to a grinding halt in the state.
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