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On birthday, Mayawati takes dig at BJP, sends candid message to Congress

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leaders and workers celebrate the 63rd birthday of party chief Mayawati as ‘Jan Kalyankari Diwas’ (public welfare day).

lucknow Updated: Jan 15, 2019 17:54 IST
Rajesh Kumar Singh & Pankaj Jaiswal
Rajesh Kumar Singh & Pankaj Jaiswal
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Akhilesh Yadav called on Mayawati at her residence in Lucknow to greet her on her birthday.(HT Photo)

BSP chief Mayawati, who has struck an alliance pact with Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday asked her party workers to ensure victory for the alliance, saying it will be a gift for her birthday, which she and her party workers are celebrating today.

“I appeal BSP and SP workers to forget their differences and ensure victory of alliance. It will be gift on my birthday,” she said at a press conference in Lucknow.

Alliance partner and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav called on Mayawati with senior party leaders to greet her.

Invoking her core vote bank, the Dalits, BSP chief Mayawati asked her party workers to mark it as Jankalyankari Diwas (public welfare day) and help the needy.

Watch: Akhilesh Yadav meets Mayawati on her 63rd birthday

Hitting out at Congress and the BJP, she said due to their wrong policies, people are suffering. She also said that ever since BSP and SP had tied up, the BJP was having sleepless nights.

“The people have taught BJP a lesson in the recently concluded five states. It’s a lesson for Congress as well. People are raising question over Congress government in the three states since it has not fulfilled it’s promises,” she said.

Farm loan waiver wrong

She said the loan waiver policy, which has been launched by the Congress in states, for farmers was wrong. “The relief provided to the farmers who have taken loan from bank is inadequate. Majority of the farmers take loan from money lenders. The central and state governments should make policy to provide them a relief.”

She also said that BSP supports farmers’ demand for implementation of Swaminathan Commission report for hiking crop prices. “Marginal and landless farmers have also taken loan, but there is no policy to provide them relief. Demonetization and GST has added to their woes,” she said.

She said the government must do an absolute farm loan waiver, in entirety, without any cut off dates or slabs and this absolute waiver should be backed up with farm policies that farmers need not need any loans. “The government should give 100% farm loan waiver else farmer suicides will continue.”

Hitting out at the BJP, she said the rich are benefitting from their policies. “To make arms deal transparent, the central government should take opposition into confidence and make long term policy.”

Watch: On birthday, Mayawati slams BJP for mixing politics and religion

“The BJP’s communal policy has led to discontentment among people. Saffron leaders are dividing Gods along caste lines. The minority community are not allowed to offer Friday prayer,” she said. “The BJP government has failed to fulfill promises made to the people. The farmers,youths and trades are feeling cheated. These days BJP leaders are busy giving clarifications.”

To create an atmosphere in their favour, PM Narendra Modi is making several promises in the rallies, she said. “It had announced 10% reservation for upper caste. BSP welcomes it. The minorities should be also given benefit of reservation,” she said, urging the people to vote for SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh and other states.

Celebration plan

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leaders and workers are celebrating her 63rd birthday as ‘Jan Kalyankari Diwas’ (public welfare day). The workers will cut 63 kg cake, distribute sweets, fruits and pledge to make Mayawati the next PM in the programme organised by the district units in all the 75 districts of the state.

The main birthday celebration programme was organised in the state unit office on Mall Avenue. Mayawati released the fourteenth volume of ‘A Travelogue of My Struggle-Ridden Life and BSP movement’.

A BSP spokesperson said the party supporters would assist the poor on the occasion. In Lucknow, the party’s district unit will celebrate the birthday at Gandhi Bhawan.

She will leave for Delhi in the evening for celebrations with leaders of other political parties, party office-bearers and family members.

Announcing her party’s alliance with the SP on Saturday, Mayawati had said the BSP and SP had finalized 38 seats each on which both the parties will field candidates from Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections.

She might release the 38 candidates’ list on Tuesday or do so after another round of meetings with SP leaders in Delhi on January 16-17, he said.

First Published: Jan 15, 2019 11:17 IST