New Delhi: Days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath courted controversy by comparing the Lok Sabha election to a contest between ‘Ali’ and ‘Bajrang bali’, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said that the BJP would neither get the votes of Ali nor Bajrang Bali in the ongoing polls. Also Read - Tandav Row Heats Up: Mayawati Demands Removal of Objectionable Scenes, Says ‘Don’t Spoil Environment’
“I want to draw the attention of the people towards a recent statement by Yodi Adityanath in which he had said that if Ali was with the BSP-SP-RLD combine, Bajrang Bali was with the BJP. In this connection, I want to tell him (Adityanath) that both Ali and Bajrang Bali are ours… Both are ours and so we want both Ali as well as Bajrang Bali,” the BSP supremo said while addressing a joint rally of the BSP-SP-RLD alliance in UP’s Badaun. Also Read - Mayawati's Father Passes Away at 95, Party Leaders Express Grief
She added,”In the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi’s party will neither get the votes of Ali nor Bajranj Bali, who is associated with my caste. It is not me who has invented the caste of Bajrang Bali, but Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who has said that Bajrang Bali was a ‘vanvasi’ and a Dalit.” Also Read - Will Forge Alliance With Samajwadi Party To Defeat BJP In 2022 UP Polls, Says PSP Chief Shivpal Yadav
“I am very thankful to him (Yogi Adityanath) that he has given us important information about our ancestors and so it is a very happy moment to note that we have both Ali and Bajrang Bali. And their coming together will give us very good results in these elections,” Maywati said, adding that the people of “Bajrang Bali’s caste” had already shunned the BJP and the Congress.
Earlier on Tuesday, while targeting Mayawati for her recent remarks urging the Muslim community not to split their votes between the Congress and the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, Adityanath had said, “Agar Congress, SP, BSP ko ‘Ali’ par vishwaas hai toh humein bhi ‘Bajrang Bali’ par vishwaas hai (If the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have faith in Ali, we have faith in Hanuman).”
Following his remarks, the Election Commission served a notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister stating that it violated the model code of conduct (MCC) and provisions of the Representation of People’s Act. The poll panel had said that the Supreme Court has held that religion and caste cannot be used by anyone while making statements during electioneering, or otherwise.