Mayawati slams SP, launches LS poll campaign
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati launched an all-out attack on the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, criticising it for “failing to protect” people in the Muzaffarnagar riots and thereafter in relief camps.india Updated: Jan 15, 2014 17:35 IST
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati launched an all-out attack on the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, criticising it for “failing to protect” people in the Muzaffarnagar riots and thereafter in relief camps.
She slammed the SP for organising the star-studded Saifai Mahotsav at a time when children at riot relief camps were dying of the cold.
At a mega rally organised in Lucknow on her 58th birthday, Mayawati said she did not celebrate the occasion to express solidarity with the people affected by the August-September communal violence in the western part of UP.
She said UP had never seen communal violence when the BSP was in power. People of the Muslim community have suffered a lot under the SP, she added.
The UP government has faced a volley of criticism over the recently concluded Saifai Mahotsav, held at SP chief Mulayam Singh’s ancestral village, barely 300 km from the riot relief camps.
Ousted by the SP in the 2012 assembly polls, Mayawati said the state government lacked direction. She added welfare schemes started by the BSP government had come to a standstill in the present regime.
Sounding the bugle for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, she attacked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi as well as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. The BSP chief did not spare the Congress-led government at the Centre as well.
Mayawati reiterated she would not form any alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, adding all other parties had conspired against the BSP in the past. She has already declared that the BSP will contest all the 80 seats in UP. “The BSP will fight the Lok Sabha elections across the country, alone.”
Mayawati accused the BJP of pressuring her through the Central Bureau of Investigation in a disproportionate of assets case in 2003, when the saffron party was in power at the Centre.
“I was pushed into trouble between those years, but I never lost hope and I am thankful to all those who stood by me then,” she said.
Mayawati said the AAP was not taking note of the plight of Dalits in Haryana. She also cautioned the rookie party against using gimmicks such as using BR Ambedkar’s posters at its functions.
First Published: Jan 15, 2014 17:08 IST