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Maya promises all a slice of the pie

india Updated: May 05, 2009 01:09 IST
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Using her tried and tested formula of social engineering, UP chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati described her party's concern for all minorities and castes at a rally in Ghaziabad that goes to polls on May 7.

From promising reservations to all castes to resolving the issue of "unreasonable" fee hike in schools in Uttar Pradesh, she tried to strike a chord with each section of society. “We have ensured proper reservations for SC/ST/OBC and have written to the centre for providing reservations to various other castes also. We have and will work on the principles of Sarv-Samaj,” she told the crowds gathered at Ghanta Ghar-Ramlila Ground in Ghaziabad.

On fee hike she said her government had formed a high-level committee to look into parents' complaints. The BSP chief did not spare rival Samajwadi Party (SP). "SP has favoured BJP by not fielding a candidate from Ghaziabad. Our candidate is not an 'outsider' as the BJP's candidate. In Baghpat we have fielded a 'strong' candidate who is not a dabbu (coward).

In another rally in Dadri, attended by 15,000 people, the BSP supremo claimed that UP, especially Noida and Greater Noida, developed at a fast pace during BSP rule.

“Rs 20,000 crore have been cleared for Noida and Greater Noida, including progress along Yamuna Expressway. Metro Rail has been projected to be extended till Jewar where airport has been planned which has been held up by the UPA government as they do not want BSP to take credit of such a beneficial project.”

Meanwhile, a curious thing was noticed at the entrance to the ground. People wearing black shirts were not allowed in. One youth went home to change the shirt while another gave his shirt to the guards. When asked the reason, BSP activists said this was being done to avoid black flag protest before CM. Black shirts could be used to wave as protest black flags.