UP’s Maya talks of equality in Mumbai
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UP’s Maya talks of equality in Mumbai

BSP President Mayawati promised to end Mumbai’s woes if her party was voted to power at the Centre. Dharmendra Jore & Pradip Kumar Maitra report.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2009 00:22 IST

BSP President Mayawati promised to end Mumbai’s woes if her party was voted to power at the Centre.

At a massive rally in Shivaji Park on Wednesday, Mayawati said she knew the problems of megapolis better than any other leader and would strive hard to resolve them as quickly as possible. Knowing that the city’s slums constituted the largest vote bank for the six seats, she assured redevelopment of slums.

The BSP is contesting all 48 seats in the state on its own.

“The living standard of slumdwellers in city can be compared only with that of animals. The Congress and BJP woo slumdwellers with all kinds of promises and they vanish from the scene after the polls. But we will give all slumdwellers a pucca house if we come to power.”

The Dalit leader sympathised with the locals saying that the Maharashtrians in the city too had problems of their own. “But my party does not discriminate between the locals and the migrants. We will treat both groups equally when it comes to proving them with the living comfort.”

Earlier in the day in Nagpur, she promised to provide reservations to the economically backward upper caste.

Without naming Rahul Gandhi, she said merely going to the huts of Dalits, spending the night with the family would not solve the problems of the downtrodden. “Their unemployment must be removed if their condition is to be improved,” she said.

Babu transfer: EC rapped

Mayawati slammed the EC for transferring a top UP official, which, she claimed, had been done on the complaint of a rival party. “There was no ground for the transfer… Rather, the EC took the action in haste without conducting a thorough probe of the complaint,” said the UP CM.

On Tuesday, the poll panel had transferred Principal Secretary (Home) Kunwar Fatehbahadur.

First Published: Apr 09, 2009 00:20 IST