Mayawati projects herself as prime minister

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Nawanshahar
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2014 20:06 IST

Attacking BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress' campaign committee chief Rahul Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Wednesday asked the voters to choose the BSP to get a "balance of power" at the Centre, thus paving the way for installation of a Dalit's daughter as prime minister.

Seeking share from Punjab for the party's national tally in the Lok Sabha polls, the BSP chief, in her maiden election rally here, held the BJP and Congress responsible for the "misrule" in the country and projected the BSP as the only option left for people.

"These elections are going to be very crucial as on one hand, the Congress secretly wants prime minister's chair for its Yuvraj Rahul Gandhi, and on the other hand, the BJP wants Modi as the PM. If you want to see 'Dalit ki beti' as PM, you will have to contribute to the BSP's kitty in Lok Sabha from Punjab," Mayawati said.

Appealing people to block the roads of the BJP and Congress by not voting for them, Mayawati said only good numbers at the Centre will ensure a "balance of power" in the hands of the BSP and make her prime minister.

Launching a scathing attack on Modi, Mayawati said having such a leader in the prime minister's chair will have disastrous consequences.

"What will happen when a chief minister who allowed Godhra riots in Gujarat in 2002 will head the nation? Communal riots can take place in the country any day and our country will be destroyed," she said.

"The Congress has ruled the country for 50 years and they are responsible for miseries of all of us. The BJP is also in the same league as during their six-year rule at the Centre they, too, failed miserably," she said.

On Rahul Gandhi, Mayawati said it was the secret plan of the Congress to make him prime minister.
Departing from her usual style Mayawati did not read her speech from paper and went on to justify why the BSP was going it alone in Punjab.

With her party facing allegations in Punjab that its candidates indulged in "fixing" contests with the prominent rivals of other parties, Mayawati admitted that few of her party leaders from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh was pressuring her to contest elections in alliance.

"But I never approved of an alliance in Punjab and categorically told my leaders to go it alone.

We win or lose, but we will be able to keep our support base intact here. Since the BSP cadre is easily transferable, it gets carried away and goes with the mainstream parties," Mayawati said.

Criticising the local leaders for the party's failure, the BSP supremo said the party founder Kanshi Ram, who hailed from Punjab, had dreamt of BSP rule in Punjab. "Unke jeete te ji to nhi hua…kum se kum unke jaane ke baad to hamen wo sapna sakkaar kar lena chaihyeee…(That dream was not fulfilled when Kanshi Ram was alive. At least after his death we should fulfil his dream)," she said.

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