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Maya sounds poll bugle

india Updated: Oct 19, 2006 02:00 IST
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...says there is a BSP wave

BAHUJAN SAMAJ Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday used the occasion to pay homage to Kanshi Ram to sound the bugle for the coming Vidhan Sabha election.

At a meeting of party workers before placing the urn containing the ashes of the late leader in the Prerna Kendra, she said  she would launch the campaign for the Vidhan Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh straightaway after the ceremony.

“There is a wave in favour of the BSP all over the state. Ensure that the BSP forms government with full majority. Thrice my government failed to complete its tenure, but this time it must run for five years”, she said. She alleged that the Samajwadi Party government was using public fund for unemployment allowance and Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojana. “The state government is spending large funds on its publicity. When BSP comes to power, my government will set up an inquiry into the misappropriation of government fund and punish the guilty,” she said.

“If the state government was really concerned about the welfare of the youths and girls, then instead of alms it should give jobs to them by filling up the vacant posts. The parents of the girls should be given employment so that they take care of their wards,” she said.

She crticised the UPA government at the Centre as well as the state government for not announcing national or state mourning after Kanshi Ram’s death. “There has been tradition in the country of observing mourning after the death of respected personality. The stand of both the governments has hurt the sentiment of the dalit community. Both Mulyam Singh Yadav and Atal Bihari Vajpayee forgot to pay obeisance to the departed soul. My party has passed resolution condemning both the Congress and the Samajwadi Party,” she said.

Mayawati called upon the party workers to fulfill the wishes of Kanshi Ram by seeing the party capture power both at the State and the Centre.

She cautioned the cadre against the tactics being played by the rival political parties to stop the BSP from coming to power. “Small political parties are being formed to divide the Bahujan Samaj vote and to stop the BSP from coming to power,” she said.

She explained to the party workers why the BSP was collecting fund from the ticket seekers. “Unlike other political parties, we are not getting fund from the business houses for election campaign.

The party has planned to contest the election on its own fund and that is why we are collecting fund from the ticket aspirants,” she said.

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