New Delhi: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s speech at the SP-BSP-RLD rally in Deoband on Sunday has landed her in a soup with the UP Chief Electoral Officer, who has taken cognizance of the matter and sought a report from the concerned authorities.

Addressing a joint rally of the SP-BSP-RLD, the BSP supremo appealed the minorities, especially the Muslims, to vote for the ‘Gathbandhan’, saying that Congress is busy dividing the vote bank as they want to defeat the grand alliance. “Don’t get divided, vote en masse for Gathbandhan. We have BSP vote in every seat, SP is also mobilised. If Muslims want BJP to lose, they have to stand firmly behind Gathbandhan,” Mayawati said.

She added, “The Congress is not capable of defeating the BJP… Only the Gathbandhan is capable of doing it. Do not vote for Congress, they don’t want the Gathbandhan to win.”

The office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Lakku Venkateshwarlu is being reported to have taken cognizance of Mayawati’s comments urging the public to not vote for the Congress. An official privy to developments said, “The CEO has sought a report in this regard from the local administration.”

Addressing the joint rally in Deoband, Mayawati further said, “This election, Uttar Pradesh is bidding farewell to the BJP and embracing the Gathbandhan. As soon as PM Modi will know about the huge crowd at this rally today, he will once again attack the alliance and speak absurdly.”

Stating that the BJP is misusing Pulwama issue, GST and demonetisation, Mayawati urged the public to not vote the BJP back to power and added, “Removing Modi is not enough, Yogi also needs to be shown the door.”

 

The seven-phase elections in the country are slated to begin on April 11 and will go on till May 19. The counting of votes will be held on May 23.

Uttar Pradesh will vote in all seven phases as it sends 80 lawmakers to the Parliament, making it the most crucial state electorally.

With inputs from ANI