In a fierce attack on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi here on Thursday, BSP chief Mayawati said there was every possibility of communal riots in the country if he became the Prime Minister.
Blaming Modi for the Gujarat riots in 2002, she claimed there had been no caste or communal riot in Uttar Pradesh during her four terms as the chief minister.
Launching the BSP’s election campaign here, Mayawati lashed out at both the Congress and BJP. She said these parties should not be given more chances as they have always worked against the interests of backwards, Dalits and tribals.
She said both the parties gained power with the help of big industrialists and framed policies to suit the latter’s needs. “We want to ensure that the interests of the backwards, poor, Dalits and other deprived classes are protected,” she said. Targeting Congress and its vice president Rahul Gandhi, she said the party was pushing its “yuvraj” as the prime ministerial candidate without naming him.
“You have to stop the Congress from coming back to power as it has done little for the poor and the downtrodden despite enjoying power for five decades,” she added. The former chief minister alleged that attempts were being made to take away the benefits of job and education reservations to SCs, STs and OBCs by framing new laws.
New castes were included in the quota list to deprive the backward people of benefits, Mayawati said without directly mentioning Jats, who were recently added to the OBC list.