UP polls: People will send back ‘outsider’ and reinstall ‘UP ki beti’, says Mayawati
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Friday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying people of Uttar Pradesh have made up their mind to send back the “outsider” and “adopted son from Gujarat”, and reinstall the “UP ki beti” as chief minister.Updated: Mar 06, 2017 06:52 IST
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Friday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying people of Uttar Pradesh have made up their mind to send back the “outsider” and “adopted son from Gujarat”, and reinstall the “UP ki beti” as chief minister.
Addressing a public meeting at Mewa Lal Ayodhya Prasad Gupta Memorial College ground at Soraon in Allahabad, Mayawati urged people not to be misled by the BJP and Modi’s tall promises.
A total of 19 assembly constituencies in Allahabad and Pratapgarh will go to the polls on February 23, in the fourth of the seven-phase Uttar Pradesh assembly election.
“Modi is saying that when the BJP comes to power, it will waive loans of farmers in 14 days. I want to ask the PM, why loans haven’t been waived in BJP-ruled states, particularly in Maharashtra, where farmer suicides are the highest?” she asked.
Hitting out at the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government, she said “jungle raj” has prevailed during the SP rule in the state.
“Whatever development works have been carried out were actually initiated by the BSP. The SP just changed the names of BSP schemes. Take the example of the Samajwadi Pension Yojna which was (earlier) Mahamaya Pension Yojna,” she claimed.
Mayawati promised cakes, milk and fruits in primary schools instead of poor quality pre-cooked food as part of the mid-day meal scheme. She also promised strict quality control.
Announcing a plan to set up a commission for redressing grievances of traders if voted to power, Mayawati also promised an inquiry in all government recruitments during SP rule.
She also promised land pattas (lease) for the poor and said land grabbers will be sent to jail.
She claimed that the SP government’s performance was contrary to the ruling party’s slogan of “Kaam bolta hai” (work speaks). It’s actually “kaam kam apradh bolta hain” (work speaks less, crimes reveal more), she said.
Mayawati said innocent people, who were jailed over issues related to caste and religion, will be released and farmers will get their pending payments.
She said that under her government, youths will be given financial assistance and jobs instead of laptops and smartphones. She also promised to waive farmer loans of up to Rs 1 lakh when in power.