The Supreme Court order quashing the CBI case against BSP chief Mayawati in the Taj Corridor disproportionate assets (DA) case brought a huge relief to her and the party.
Mayawati awaited the order eagerly even as she lay low after her party’s drubbing at the hands of the Samajwadi Party in the assembly election in February-March. Armed with Friday’s court order though, the former UP CM plans to launch a counter offensive against her rivals who have been targeting her on the DA case. A BSP leader who did not want to be named said, “The SC order will rejuvenate the demoralised party cadre and Behenji will take the fight to the opposition turf by organising a massive rally in Lucknow soon.”
BSP leaders hoped the order would blunt the SP, Congress and BJP tirade against their party chief. Soon after grabbing power, the SP government had cornered Mayawati, charging her of embezzling public funds.
The state government even ordered inquiries into projects launched by the BSP government and suspended around a dozen officers involved in the construction of memorials and parks initiated by the BSP chief.
Even Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had attacked Mayawati during elections. “The elephant is gobbling your money in Lucknow,” Gandhi had commented at a rally.
On Friday, BSP state president Swami Prasad Maurya said, “The BSP workers knew that Mayawati was being harassed by the central agency on the directions of the Congress-led UPA government. Now the message has gone to the common people loud and clear that it was a fake case and Mayawati did not amass property nor siphoned public money.”
The BSP, which has declared candidates for around 50 seats for the Lok Sabha polls, is hoping to bounce back. “The SC order has added teeth to the BSP to help it fight back. We would expose the corruption cases of the SP and Congress governments before the people”, he said.
“The Centre was misusing the CBI to harass its opponents. The Congress design to malign the BSP chief has been exposed,” he added.
Kanshi Ram met Mayawati in 1977 when she was working as a teacher and also preparing for the IAS exams.
When he asked her about her plans for the future, she said, “I want to become a collector.” The story goes that Kanshi Ram prophesied that one day she would become a powerful leader with several collectors at her beck and call. - HT Correspondent