The defeat of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi assembly election has rekindled Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati’s hopes of making a comeback in UP.
Though the BSP candidates lost deposits in all the 70 assembly seats in Delhi and its vote share crashed to 1.3 per cent from 14.05 per cent that it registered in 2008 assembly election, Mayawati hopes that with BJP victory chariot coming to halt in Delhi, the support of Dalit voters to saffron brigade would stop in UP.
Talking to media persons on Friday, Mayawati said formation of government in Delhi by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would have no impact on UP politics as it had no base in the state. “AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal contested Lok Sabha election against Narendra Modi but lost by a huge margin,” she said.
Mayawati said that AAP would face a tough time in Delhi as it had made several promises to the people during their poll campaign. “If it fails to fulfil the promises, its fate would be similar to the BJP in the next election,” she said.
Mayawati said BSP would project itself as an alternative to BJP, SP and AAP in UP assembly election in 2017. “We would highlight the development projects launched by the BSP government during its tenure from 2007-12. Under the BSP government, law and order was also better,” she said.
“BSP failed to open its account in 2014 Lok Sabha election as we supported UPA government,” she said and added that anger of the people towards Congress reflected on the fortunes of BSP in the electoral battle.
Lashing out at BJP, Mayawati said the NDA government had completed eight months in office but failed to implement the promises it had made to the people before the elections.
“The people have taught a lesson to the BJP in Delhi assembly election. Instead of learning from its mistakes, the BJP leadership is trying to trigger rebellion in rival political parties in Bihar and Jharkhand,” she said.
“The defeat of BJP in Delhi election is the failure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well. He had promised to work for the have-nots but after coming to power, he brought amendments in land acquisition act to benefit the capitalists,” she said and termed the amendment as anti-farmer and anti-poor.
Mayawati said BJP was busy pushing its communal agenda and added that the ego of BJP leaders was also an important factor behind the party’s defeat in Delhi.
The BSP chief criticised BJP for discontinuing pro-poor schemes launched by the UPA government. The NDA government is not clear on reservation for backwards and scheduled caste community in the private sector as well,” she said.