Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati’s nephew Aakash Anand is among the 20 star campaigners in the list that was released on Friday. Aakash Anand, who has been seen with Mayawati at some public engagements, was given the task to connect youngsters with the party dominated by Dalits for the Lok Sabha polls.
Other prominent names in the list include Satish Chandra Mishra, Mayawati herself, RS Kushwaha, Raj Kumar Gautam, Naresh Gautam, Shamsuddin Rain, Kamal Singh Raj, Murari Lal Kein, Dinesh Kazipur, Ranvijay Singh and Janeshwar Prasad.
Meanwhile, Mayawati has predicted that the BJP will lose in the Lok Sabha elections, saying they can do “chowkidari” after losing the polls. In a tweet, she said the BJP leaders were free to do whatever they want and amuse themselves but they should not insult the country and denigrate constitutional posts in any way.
“Let DM, CM & PM remain as per the provision of the Constitution. They can do chowkidari after losing polls,” she tweeted.
Mayawati alleged that while its leaders did not care about the Rafale files, they were hiding crucial data on unemployment and farmers’ plight.
In a series of tweets, she took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his colleagues for calling themselves ‘chowkidar’ (watchman). She alleged they are not bothered about Rafale files being “stolen”, but are hiding data on “declining” employment rate, poverty and farmers’ plight. She claimed the data was being hidden for vote or image and asked if the country needed such a “chowkidar”.
Modi and his partymen have launched the ‘Main bhi chowkidar’ (I too am a watchman) campaign to blunt the opposition’s, especially the Congress’s, ‘chowkidar chor hai (watchman is a thief) slogan.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister claimed that while several BJP leaders and ministers declared themselves ‘chowkidars’ like the prime minister, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was not sure whether to announce himself as one or remain a public servant or a yogi (sanyasi).
The BJP leaders may adopt whatever fashion they want, but they should work as the ‘watchman’ of the law and Constitution, she said, adding that this was all that the people wanted.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS)