New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Wednesday threw a googly on the political pitch after what seemed her support to the Congress’ ‘Nyay’ scheme- was a dig at both the Congress and the BJP.
Calling out the Bhartiya Janata Party’s incessant attacks on the Grand Old Party’s new poll plank by questioning the need of a new scheme after its failed ‘Garibi Hatao’ campaign, Mayawati tweeted, “Is poll bluff and reneging on promises the sole domain of the BJP.”
Soon after the Congress promised to give Rs 72,000 per year to 20 per cent of poorest families if voted to power, the BJP termed it as a jumla and demanded results of its now-defunct ‘Garibi Hatao’ campaign.
(Garibi Hatao was the poll theme and slogan used by the erstwhile Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during the 1971 elections and later by her son and Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi)
The Opposition largely threw its weight behind the BJP’s stand and questioned what the Congress did for the poor in its nearly 55-years tenure at the Centre.
The Bahujan Samaj Party chief then directed her ire at the Congress and the BJP collectively, tweeting, “Ruling BJP calling Congress’ slogan of Garibi Hatao 2.0 as bluff is true… But is poll bluff and going back on its poll promises the sole domain of the BJP? In fact, BJP and Congress party are both birds of the same feather in betraying the interests of the poor, labourers, farmers and others.”
Meanwhile, Mayawati’s BSP is set to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the Samajwadi Party, and the Congress has so far been kept out of the seat-sharing pact.