Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to launch statewide movement against the Samajwadi Party (SP) government from November 30. BSP workers would burn the effigy of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to protest against the failure of the State Government to declare mourning after the death of BSP founder Kanshi Ram.
Mayawati has directed the MPs to donate Rs 2 lakh, MLAs Rs 1 lakh and caste committees Rs 25,000 in the party fund on her birthday.
A meeting of the BSP MPs, MLAs and election coordinators was held under the chairmanship of BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday. In the meeting, she directed the party leaders to adopted tit-for-tat reply to the movement launched by the SP against her.
Samajwadi Party workers are organizing demonstrations and burning effigies of Mayawati for her remark over the members of Muslim community.
“BSP leaders and workers have been directed to maintain their cool in the wake of Samajwadi Party workers’ actions. The SP leaders will themselves withdraw their movement once BSP launches its offensive”, she said.
She said in 1993, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was marginalised in the State politics. “Due to Kanshi Ram’s efforts, an alliance was brokered between the BSP and the SP before the Vidhan Sabha election. Due to BSP support, Mulayam Singh Yadav became Chief Minister. But after death of Kanshi Ram, Mulayam did not think it proper to pay tribute to the departed Dalit leader. Nor did his government declare mourning to condole his death”, she said.
“Bahujan Samaj will not tolerate the disrespect shown by Mulayam and the SP to the founder of BSP. The party has decided to launch a movement all over the State. Demonstrations will be organised at all district headquarters”, she said.
Regarding the launching of movement by SP against her party, Mayawati said it showed that SP was frustrated following the outcome of the urban local bodies’ poll in which the SP fared badly. She said that had BSP contested the election, then SP would have been completely routed in the election.
She again gave a clarification with regard to her Muslim fundamentalist statement. Blaming the media for distorting her views, Mayawati said she had respect for Islam and its followers. She asserted that when in power, her government had taken up several measures for the welfare of the Muslim community.
Urging the party leaders to keep watch on the campaign launched by the SP leaders to damage the prospects of the BSP in the Vidhan Sabha elections, Mayawati said the BSP would form the next government in the State on its own strength.