Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Wednesday broke her silence on the Aam Aadmi Party phenomenon and Narendra Modi, and declared that her party would go it alone in the Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing a mammoth rally at Ramabai Ground here, Mayawati thanked her supporters for gathering there on her 58th birthday. This time, however, she kept the celebrations a low-key affair, in a mark of respect to the dozens killed in the Muzaffarnagar communal riots.
But Mayawati didn’t mince her words while attacking her political rivals.
She said her party had been a voice of Dalits since its formation in 1984 but also a victim of the “castiest and communal” forces like the Congress and the BJP who “ganged up against it” in 2012 Assembly elections and Parliament polls.
“It is this reason the Bahujan Samaj Party has decided not to have an alliance with any political party, including the Congress, and to fight anti-Dalit forces and emerge as a key player in the Lok Sabha polls,” she said.
Mayawati exhorted Dalits, OBCs, and the poor from all castes and communities to come under her party’s umbrella and win maximum seats so that the party could play an important role at the Centre.
The Bahujan Samaj Party won 20 seats in 2009 general elections and finished second in 47 constituencies. She said the party was prepared to give a befitting reply to the Congress and the ruling Samajwadi Party .
Taking on Modi, Mayawati accused the BJP prime ministerial candidate of giving people false promises and misleading the nation.
Comparing her rule to that of the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mayawati said Modi couldn’t prevent the 2002 riots whereas, she claimed, Uttar Pradesh witnessed no communal riots during the BSP government’s tenure. She went on to say that the “arrogant and outspoken” Modi would never become the Prime Minister.
The Bahujan Samaj Party chief also lashed out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejariwal for his “lollypop promises” and “political stunts”. Mayawati ridiculed the Aam Aadmi Party chief for asking people to email their complaints and cancelling his ‘janta durbar’.
Mayawati then lambasted the Akhilesh Yadav government for threatening the media which criticised the way the Saifai festival was conducted in Etawah.
Referring to the Muzaffarnagar riots, Mayawati alleged that the SP government, despite having Muslims as the Chief Secretary and the DGP, had failed to ensure the safety of the community.