Announcing that “sarvjan hitay, sarvjan sukhay” is the core policy of the BSP, Mayawati claimed BSP will storm back to power in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls next year. Taking on the ruling parties at the centre and state — BJP and SP — the three-time former Chief Minister of UP further claimed that her two rivals will be reduced to fighting for the second position.
While Mayawati criticised the polices of the Modi government, calling them “hollow” programmes to mislead the people, she was scathing on incumbent SP government over Mathura violence.
Demanding a CBI or court-monitored probe into the incident, where 27 people — including two senior policemen – were killed, she slammed UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for not taking the Mathura violence seriously.
“Rather than touring Bundelkhand, he should have been visiting Mathura today,” she referring to Akhilesh Yadav who is on an official visit to Mahoba in Bundelkhand.
At the same time, she slammed the BJP-led central government saying the ruling party was drumming up celebration on its hollow programmes to mislead the people.
“Forget about achchey din, now bad days are on the cards for the government… Don’t fall prey to the catchy slogas of Modi government. NDA has failed to keep its promises made before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,” Mayawati said, adding its sympathy towards the poor was “artificial and just on paper”.
Mayawati also claimed that BJP will find going tough in Uttar Pradesh, which has been her party’s turf for more than a decade now with BSP and SP being the main players, either in Vidhan Sabha polls or Lok Sabha.
“The party, which was totally dejected after the Delhi and Bihar polls, is considering Assam’s victory as ‘sanjivani’. But it was badly defeated in other states. It was due to shortcomings of Congress, which failed to assess its situation correctly, that BJP did better,” she said stressing that BJP was only winning at places where Congress was its main opponent.
Shifting her attack on the Samajwadi Party, which is ruling UP, Mayawati told the press that BSP is the only alternative before the people in UP, adding that an atmosphere of “jungle raj” prevailed in the state.
“After coming to power with full majority, instead of constructing memorials and parks, BSP will this time concentrate especially on law and order and development,” Mayawati said.
Further, criticising the BJP President Amit Shah, Mayawati dubbed his event of sharing food with Dalits in Varanasi a “gimmicks” and something that will not work or get translated into votes.
“BJP should dimnish such ideas from its mind,” she said claiming that atrocities on Dalits were increasing in Uttar Pradesh as well as all over the country citing Rohit Vemula case.
(With inputs from the PTI)