Mayawati launches election campaign in Uttar Pradesh
New Delhi: Launching Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) election campaign in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, party chief Mayawati warned people against the “communal design” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and accused the state government led by the Samajwadi Party (SP) of “encouraging mafias” in the state.
The former chief minister was addressing a rally in Agra. Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh is expected to be held next year.
“In the coming election, the SP and BJP cannot stop the BSP from making a majority government in the state. Once this happens, the law and order situation will improve and better days will come in the state. The people of UP are now aware of the ways the Congress, BJP and SP operate,” she said.
The BSP is looking to make a comeback in the polls next year, riding on the mounting anti-incumbency sentiment in the state, especially discontent over the law and order situation.
In her address, she accused the Narendra Modi government of raising issues of cow slaughter and love jihad to keep minorities “under fear” as well as of being “anti-Dalit”.
The leader has been vocal about violence in the name of protecting cows and has raised the issue many times in Parliament as well. This comes in the light of recent incidents of atrocities against Dalit across the country.
“In UP, the people of BJP who are talking of coming to power, I want to remind them that they have ruled the state a number of times and instead of focussing on development, they had focused on spreading the ideologies of RSS which eventually led to them being voted out,” she said.
Mayawati alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had forgotten all of his promises made to the people before the 2014 general election. She said that recent incidents have given proof that the roots of corruption are as deep in the BJP as they were in the Congress.
The address comes at a time when the BSP has seen exits of key leaders. Last month, the party’s former national general secretary and leader of opposition in the state assembly, Swami Prasad Maurya and former minister, R.K. Chaudhary quit, accusing Mayawati of corruption and auctioning seats.
In the 2012 assembly election, SP won 224 of the 403 assembly seats, while BSP bagged 80 seats.
PTI contributed to this story.