Lucknow: On her 63rd birthday, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati told her party workers that the best gift for her would be a victory for all joint candidates of the SP-BSP combine. (Also read: Akhilesh Mocks BJP Over Alliance With BSP)
Adding that the aim for the alliance was to teach a lesson to the BJP, she said, “The SP and the BSP need to forget their differences after tie-up…Our alliance is giving sleepless nights to the BJP.”
Stressing on the political importance of the state, she said, “UP decides who will come to power in the Centre and who will be Prime Minister.” Earlier, even SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had mentioned how the state had given many prime ministers to the nation.
The BSP chief did not spare the Congress either. She said the grand old party ruled the country for the longest time yet “no development took place under them”.
Attacking the BJP-led Centre, Mayawati said that the slogan of ‘Achchhe Din’ was a mere ‘jumla’. She enumerated how some of the much-touted Government measures had come to a nought. She said, “Demonetisation has crippled the economy.”
While the Congress, which formed governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, announced farm loan waiver, Mayawati said it wouldn’t be of much use. “A national policy should be made for the welfare of farmers. Most people will not get the benefit of farm loan waivers. The loan amount of every farmer should be waived off,” she said.
“We have always worked for the poor and the downtrodden. The government should give 100 per cent farm loan waiver else farmer suicides will continue. A strong farm loan waiver policy should be made,” she reiterated.
She said results of the recently concluded Assembly elections should serve as a lesson not just for the BJP but for the Congress as well. However, she skirted the issue of being the prime ministerial candidate in the coming Lok Sabha elections and said, “People of the country will decide who the next PM will be.”
Backing her ally even as SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s name has resurfaced in the infamous illegal mining case and would be the leader’s alleged role would be probed by the CBI, Mayawati alleged, “The Centre is using the institution against Akhilesh Yadav.”