The Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati projected herself and her party as the real claimants for power at the Centre in the Lok Sabha elections as she went campaigning in Bhagalpur and Bettiah in Bihar on Sunday.
There was no mention of the Third Front in her speeches as she packaged the BSP as the only alternative to the Congress and the BJP at the centre.
“It is high time the BSP comes to power at the Centre,” said Mayawati said, claiming all other parties were feeling threatened by the BSP because of its image of being “clean and fair” and the excellent performance of her government in
“The BSP is the only party in the country which believes in doing things and not just in making promises,” she said.
The two Bihar rallies revealed a shift in Mayawati’s position. She had associated herself with the Third Front to position herself as its prime ministerial candidate. But with the Third Front making it clear that the decision on prime
ministership would be taken only after the polls, her interest in being part of it has clearly been diluted. Her entire effort is to be project herself and the BSP as a viable alternative to the Congress and the BJP at the center.
Kicking off her first rally in the state at Bhagalpur, Mayawati assured the crowd that she would work towards creating an egalitarian society. Elaborating on the social changes she had initiated in UP, she said: “The experiment needs to be recreated at the Centre too.”
She charged the Congress and BJP with failure to look after the interests of different sections. “Capitalists guide the economic policies of both these parties,” she said.
Reiterating her known positions she said she supported job reservation for economically weaker sections of the upper castes, as well as for the dalits and OBCs in the private sector.
At Bettiah she said it was the failure of both the UPA and NDA governments to implement pro poor policies that had led to extremism in the country.
At Bettiah, the BSP chief said, that the failure of the two leading political groups to frame a pro-poor political philosophy and the continuing poverty and depravation was what had fuelled extremism in the country.