A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled election rally in Ghaziabad, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on demonetisation, black money and alleged attacks on minorities. She also slammed the opinion polls and surveys that predicted that the BSP would get fewer seats than other major parties.
“Since Modi became the PM, farmers, traders and the poor have suffered. People are annoyed with his flawed policies. This is why BJP has not been able to project any chief ministerial candidate for the state,” said Mayawati.
She also took on the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance, in an attempt to woo minority communities. “The Congress has put its policy at stake and allied with the anti-minority Samajwadi Party. This party is a symbol of chaos, unruly, communal and jungle raaj,” she said.
She also evoked the Muzaffarnagar riots, Bisada lynching, Mathura violence, in which a police officer died, and the Bulandshahr highway rape incidents.
“The tenure of the SP government has been painful for the people, and the previous Congress and BJP governments at the Centre are equally responsible. They have not been able to discharge their constitutional duties. So, the leaders of these parties, especially PM Modi, have lost their moral right to speak on the issues in UP. He will face a heavy loss in the elections,” she said.
“In this situation, if minorities vote for SP, their vote will become useless as it will benefit only the BJP. So, to prevent this loss, the state’s minorities should not vote for SP and vote only for BSP. We have our dalit vote base intact and if the minority vote is added, BJP will not be able to assume power,” she said.
The BSP formed the state government in 2007, but secured only 80 seats in the UP assembly in the 2012 elections. However, the BSP had secured 25.91% of the total votes against the SP, which had secured 224 seats with a 29.13% vote share. It is evident that some of the BSP’s traditional supporters had got swayed and they also failed to win the votes of minority communities.
Mayawati alleged that the BJP has shown a flawed working and framed flawed policies in its rule so far. She also attacked the BJP for failing to keep its promise of retrieving black money within 100 days.
“This was their major promise. They also promised farmers of waiving their loans. Has any poor person got even a single rupee in their account? I want to ask farmers — have your loans have been waived? These were just ‘jumlebaazi.’ They have not been able to complete even one-fourth of their (pre-poll) promises,” she said.
“Crores of people have been rendered jobless (because of the demonetisation). I have also heard that BJP leaders, especially PM Modi, converted the black money of the party leaders, big businessmen and corporates nearly 10 months before the demonetisation. We openly raised the issue, but they have still not been able to disclose the amount of black money retrieved and the number of people punished,” Mayawati said.
She alleged that the demonetisation was a tactic to divert the people’s attention from real issues. She said that the PM should also reveal the details about Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallya and the ‘near and dear’ tangled in the Vyapam scam.