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Mayawati mocks ‘majboot’ govt, alleges exodus of poor

Seemingly mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election theme of a strong government versus a “helpless” one, BSP chief Saturday claimed a “majboor” ruling alliance would actually have been better.

lucknow Updated: Jul 07, 2019 12:29 IST
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Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati(PTI file photo)

Mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election theme of a strong government versus a “helpless” one, BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday claimed a “majboor” ruling alliance would actually have been better in the light of, what she alleged, an ‘exodus of the poor’ from Purvanchal (east UP).

During elections Modi used to ask people whether they wanted a “majboor” (helpless) or a “majboot” (strong) government.

“There has been a full majority government both at the Centre and the state for the past sometime but the necessary improvement has not taken place in UP. This proves that in the interest of the people it is the ‘majboor’ government which was required rather than a ‘majboot’ one,” Mayawati said.

“A ‘majboor’ government will have fear and will work for the welfare of people. Such a government will not be an autocratic one and its leaders too will not take the law into their hands, and create anarchy and corruption,” the BSP chief said while addressing party leaders of Purvanchal and Awadh regions here.

Recently, there were reports of Indore BJP MLA Aakash Vijayvargiya assaulting a civic officer and on Saturday chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NCSC) and BJP MP Ram Shankar Katheria and his associates were booked at Etmadpur police station of Agra for allegedly firing in the air and attacking toll plaza employees.

Mayawati was most probably referring to these cases when she said about “leaders taking law into their hands.”

Mayawati said despite the fact that both Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath came from Purvanchal, the region has witnessed ‘exodus’ of the poor.

Earlier when there were reports of Hindu exodus from western UP, the BJP government had denied them.

While Modi is an MP from Varanasi, Gorakhpur is Yogi’s karmabhoomi.

“The villagers and farmers are in a bad shape under the BJP regime, especially in Purvanchal and the people’s migration has continued unabated,” Mayawati said

Slamming BJP leaders for taking law into their hands, she alleged that BJP had ‘cut’ into the funds meant for rural employment.

The BSP chief directed party workers to strengthen the organisation.

First Published: Jul 06, 2019 21:38 IST