Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday attacked the BJP government, alleging that the saffron party is trying to use the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for “political gains”.
“BJP Governments in states and in the Centre are trying to hide their failures by diversionary tactics. They have not fulfilled their election promises. They are trying to use Atal ji’s death for political gains,” Mayawati was quoted by ANI as saying.
The BSP supremo’s statement assumes significance as Sunday marks completion of one month of death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Mayawati said: “People of the country know that the campaign undertaken by the BJP and the RSS in the name of Vajpayee is an attempt to hide its failures. The BJP will not get any benefit from this. The people of the country now understand that none of the election promises made in 2014 Lok Sabha elections was fulfilled.”
Responding to reports of alliance talks with the Congress for the upcoming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Mayawati said that her party will only agree to join hands with a party if they get a “respectable share of seats”.
“We will agree to alliance anywhere and in any election only when we get a respectable share of seats, otherwise BSP will contest alone,” she said.
On Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar referring to her as ‘buaji’ (aunt), the BSP supremo said that she has “no relation with such people”. “I am only related to the common man, dalits, adivasis and people from backward castes,” she said.
Chandrashekar was booked under the National Security Act (NSA) by the UP government and spent 15 months in jail for his alleged role in the violence that broke out in Shabbirpur village in May 2017.
Last month, the BSP chief had clearly stated they will forge an alliance with the Congress party only if they are offered a respectable number of seats.
It was reported that the BSP and the Samajwadi Party (SP) – who joined hands for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections – will contest 30 out of the 80 seats each in Uttar Pradesh while the Congress will field its candidates on 10 Lok Sabha seats. The remaining 10 is likely to be distributed among smaller parties like the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).
Terming mob lynching in the name of cow vigilantism as a “blot on democracy”, BSP supremo Mayawati accused the BJP governments of laxity and indifference on the issue.
“The increasing tendency of indulging in mob lynching in the name of cow vigilantism in the BJP-ruled states is a blot on democracy, yet the governments are exercising laxity and are being indifferent to it,” Mayawati told reporters here.
“These activities of the BJP governments (against the Dalits, tribals, backwards, Muslims and Christians) are going on since inception and are result of the BJP’s intention to go against the Constitution and maintaining a step-motherly relationship with the Constitution. This has been the part of the basic policy of the BJP, which has assumed alarming proportions after they came to power.”
Mayawati was speaking to reporters here after she moved into her new residence vacating her sprawling bungalow on Supreme Court orders.