Mayawati sounds poll bugle; Takes on Modi, Akhilesh

RSTV Bureau

Prime Minister Narendra Modi  during his visit to the L&T Workers Residential Complex  in Riyadh on Friday.  Photo-PTI

Setting stage for the 2017 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, BSP chief Mayawati on Friday launched frontal attack on her opponent parties. Virtually sounding the poll bugle, the former four-time CM claimed that both SP, ruling the state, and the BJP, which is ruling at the centre, have failed on all fronts, and promised a society free of fear and corruption if she is voted to power.

“Dump SP, BJP in the Assembly elections. Not just that, you ensure that their candidates forfeit their security deposits,” she said at a public meeting on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar.

Beside strongly criticising the two ruling parties, she was scathing in her criticism for the Congress party and its deputy leader Rahul Gandhi. Attacking the grand old party over its reach out to Dalits, she claimed that Congress turned blind eyes to the issues concerning Dalits when it was in power.

“Now the yuvaraj (prince) is indulging in theatrics,” she said referring Rahul Gandhi’s solidarity visit to Hyderabad Central University (HCU) post Rohith Vemula’s suicide.

But coming down heavily on the Samajwadi Party government in the state, Mayawati asked people to ensure thumping majority for her party in UP polls to usher in fear and corruption-free society.

File Photo: UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with the party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

File Photo: UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with the party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

“How can one expect welfare from a person who is busy in organising a lavish fair in Saifai (Etawah), undertaking foreign tours and playing matches with officers? Officers can ensure your victory in matches, but not in assembly polls,” she said taking a swipe at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Asserting that “law and order and development” would be main focus of her government if BSP was voted to power, she assured, “Decisions taken by the present government on the basis of caste will be reviewed and action taken accordingly.”

Training her guns at the BJP-led government at the centre, Mayawati slammed Modi government, alleging a failure on their part to get back black money from abroad as promised during Lok Sabha elections. “I have noticed that BJP’s base is shrinking across the country,” she said.

She also alleged that BJP was trying to implement “RSS agenda” in higher education institutions. Referring to the issue of chanting ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ slogans, Mayawati said it was not mandatory and there were other ways to show patriotism.

“We in BSP say Jai Bheem and Jai Bharat. Some say Jai Hind. It’s not necessary to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai, for which BJP is making a big hue and cry,” she said.

Criticising the central government further, Mayawati questioned Modi government for its decision to run a bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad with the help of Japan. Commenting that government move was of no use to the poor, the BSP supremo said, “Had this money been spent elsewhere, schemes like MNREGS and others could have been started and poor would have been helped”.

(With inputs from the PTI)