UP polls: War of words between Modi, Mayawati

RSTV Bureau
Lucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati shows her inked finger after casting her vote in the third phase of the UP assembly elections in Lucknow on Sunday. PTI Photo

Lucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati shows her inked finger after casting her vote in the third phase of the UP assembly elections in Lucknow on Sunday. PTI Photo

Ahead of phase four of Uttar Pradesh polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BSP chief Mayawati traded charges and called each other names on Monday.

PM Modi called Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) the ‘Behenji Sampatti Party,’ an apparent reference to allegations that she had amassed enormous wealth through corruption. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister was quick to hit back. Playing on his initials she called Narendra Damodar Modi, as ‘Mr Negative Dalit Man,’ implying that he is against Dalits who form the base of her party’s support.

At an election rally in Orai region of Jalaun in Bundelkhand region in UP, the prime minister said those who deposit wealth for themselves can never solve the problems of people. He also mocked Mayawati’s opposition to note ban.

“Where has Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) reached today…when I announced note ban on November 8 last year, arch-rivals SP and BSP, who never see eye-to-eye, came together…I was amazed when I launched war against corruption and asked for the details of blackmoney. They came together and all including the Congress started speaking the same language,” attacked Modi.

“Behenji (Mayawati) alleges that government was ill-prepared… was it the government or it was you who was not prepared…she said one week should have been given (before implementing note ban)…Mulayam also said the same,” he added.

“Arrey Behenji discussion not because elections are being held but because you have deposited Rs 100 crore after note ban…BSP is no longer Bahujan Samaj Party…bahujan toh Mayawati me simat gaya hai…it is Behenji Sampatti Party now. Those who deposit wealth for themselves, can they solve your problem?” he asked.

On the other hand, Mayawati said Modi does not know that BSP is a movement first and then a political party.

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at an election campaign rally at Fatehpur on Sunday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at an election campaign rally at Fatehpur on Feb 19, 2016. PTI photo

“I have dedicated my entire life for making members of dalit, deprived and weaker sections and Muslims stand on their feet…Modi is defining BSP wrongfully…I dedicated my life for the poor, deprived and dalits…they consider me as a big “sampatti’ (asset) for them,” said the former chief minister.

“The prime minister has compelled me to define Narendra Damodardas Modi as ‘Mr Negative Dalit Man…Narendra stands for ‘negative’, Damodardas means ‘dalit’ and Modi is ‘man’,” she said, adding, “I have given the definition of the prime minister taking into consideration his work and behaviour.”

Mayawati also alleged that Modi was perturbed over rising popularity of the BSP.

“The prime minister is indulging in cheap things and indulging in petty talk” Mayawati alleged at an election rally in Sultanpur.

(With inputs from PTI)