In yet another rally on Wednesday, this time in Ahmedabad, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati urged the crowd to vote for her party as an alternative to both the Congress and the BJP, without once mentioning the Third Front of which she is ostensibly a part.
“We do not have any kind of understanding with any party,” she said.
Undettered by her party's dismal performance in the last state assembly polls, when the BSP contested 166 of the 182 seats and lost them all, she said her candidates would contest all 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
She attacked the policies of both Congress and BJP, which she claimed had “left the deprived sections more deprived.”
In keeping with her new electoral strategy of wooing all sections - and not just the dalits - Mayawati spent much of her speech insisting her party had done a great deal for non-dalit sections as well.
“We have even written to the Centre to include the poor among the upper castes in the Economically Backward Classes list, but there was no response, she said. “Let me assure: our party is not against any community or group.”
She pointed to party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra who had accompanied her, noting how “a lawyer from the upper caste” occupied a very important position in her party.
“If you want to overcome your problems, you must ensure that parties like the Congress and the BJP do not come to power,” she said amid cheers.
“We might not be strong as what we are in UP and might not be able to show our strength in every seat but we would show good results to our leader,” said Pyarelal Jatav, BSP state in charge.