Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday warned voters that there could be communal riots in the country at any point if Narendra Modi became the prime minister.
Addressing a rally in Sultanpuri, Mayawati said that her party was not contesting to cut votes, but to win in Delhi.
Her rally was strategically conducted in the Northwest constituency of the city, a reserved seat. Mayawati also targeted the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
“He (Modi) couldn’t stop the 2002 Godhra riots despite being the chief minister and if by mistake you choose him to be PM, there could be communal riots in the country at any point.
I urge you to not allow the Congress or the BJP to return to power as they have done nothing for the country in the past 65 years,” said Mayawati, while addressing a gathering of about 3,000 people.
Accepting the party’s poor performance in the assembly elections in Delhi, she said there was no need to feel disappointed.
“Even we had not anticipated such a poor performance of the Congress in the assembly election.
AAP promised a lot but couldn’t do anything as they don’t know how to govern. By fielding candidates in Delhi, I am giving Dalit and Muslim voters an option so that they don’t go to other parties,” she added.
During her 40-minute speech, Mayawati talked about corruption as parties failed to bring back black money.
BSP candidates too addressed the crowd and targeted the BJP and Congress and Arvind Kejriwal.
“How can Amit Shah say such a thing and get away. I challenge him to come to East Delhi. BJP is a communal party and even in their manifesto they are talking about construction of Ram Mandir,” said Shakeel Saifi, the BSP’s candidate from East Delhi parliamentary constituency.
The party had initially announced to contest on all the seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi but its West Delhi candidate has decided to support the Congress, leaving the party with no option but to contest on six seats.
“For the first time voters of Christian community is with the BSP. Members of the community are holding prayers and are committed to vote for the party,” said Solomon George, party’s candidate from New Delhi.