Exactly four days since RJD chief Lalu Prasad, LJP national president Ram Vilas Paswan and Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav declared in Lucknow that they had formed a 'Fourth front' , Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati stormed the RJD chieftain’s home turf of Chapra and declared that the fight for Bihar and Uttar Pradesh had been truly joined.
Mayawati's short but no-holds-barred stand before an impressive gathering at the Police Line ground in Chapra was remarkably free of any direct reference to the threesome or their sudden mutual fondness.
“During their respective stints, either as chief ministers or ministers at the Centre, they ensured that benefits of government jobs that ought to have accrued to the backwards, the Dalits and the minorities did not come through. They are hollow men and their promises too were hollow,” she said.
“Any body who doubts what a principled leadership is, can just visit UP. We have established the rule of the law there, ensured a new model of governance for every section of society and done for the Dalits, which no government before had done. We have ensured that the poor amongst the upper castes are not left wanting,” she said even as she appealed to the gathered lot to vote for the BSP candidates if they really wanted the good times to return.
Mayawati said, that people should ask why parties such as the Congrss and the BJP which held sway over New Delhi since Independence has not ben able to do anything for the people.
Unfortunately, their commitment to the upliftment of the Dalits, who the Mahatama termed as Harijans, was restricted to paying lip service. The backwards of Bihar need to reject outright, the opportunistic forces as represented by the Lalu-Paswan-Mulayam axis as also the BJP and the Congress.
The UP chief Minister was an hour and a half behind schedule. However, a huge crowd, a few of them women, braved the blazing summer sun, with a readiness that only went to underline the fact that howsoever, popular or confident Lalu and Ram Vilas Paswan maybe on their own turf, there were quite a few who would like to hear more from others this poll season.