In a show of mahagathbandhan unity, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Thursday lashed out at the BJP and said this Lok Sabha election will see the end of those who chant “NaMo, NaMo”. She was addressing a joint rally in Kannauj with Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Ajit Singh.
“This election will see the end of those chanting ‘NaMo, NaMo and pave the way for those who raise Jai Bheem. Seeing your response it appears you are going to ensure the victory of alliance candidates,” she said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is often referred to as ‘NaMo’ by his supporters.
In a video from the rally, Dimple is seen bending to touch Mayawati’s feet, after which the BSP chief pats her on the back. Dimple’s husband and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav was also present.
Accepted her as part of my family: Mayawati after Dimple Yadav touches feet
Calling Dimple her “family’s bahu”, Mayawati asked the people of Kannauj to ensure victory for her by a huge margin. RLD chief Ajit Singh, BSP national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra and Mayawati’s nephew Akash Yadav were among those on the stage.
Dimple Yadav, the sitting SP MP from Kannauj and wife of Akhilesh Yadav, is seeking re-election from the seat as the joint candidate of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance. Speaking at the rally, Dimple said, “The step Mayawati has taken by forming the alliance is praiseworthy. During the press conference in January, Akhilesh ji had said that ‘from today, Mayawati ji’s respect is my respect and her disrespect is my disrespect’. I would like to congratulate Akhileshji for giving Mayawatiji the respect she deserves from the beginning… I have been very impressed by Mayawatiji’s life which has been full of struggle.”
Mayawati Attacked BJP Brutally
Hitting out at the BJP government at the Centre, she alleged that it paid lip service to the poor, downtrodden, youth and farmers by making lofty promises and not fulfilling them.
“Chowkidari ki nataak baazi nahin chalegi (the drama of chowkidari will not go on),” she said. Prime Minister Modi often refers to himself as the ‘chowkidar’ (watchman) of the nation.
Due to its communal and faulty economic policies the BJP will be ousted in the Lok Sabha polls, Mayawati claimed.
“In the last election, PM Modi promised acche din (better day), but people including the poor, youths, Dalits, OBC, Mulsims, are facing a difficulty time.
“While stray cattle ruined crops, the BJP’s casteist approach like the Congress on reservation and quota for backward classes has demoralised the people,” she said.
No provision has been made for reservation in private sector jobs for such communities, the BSP leader said.
During BJP’s government, borders were not safe and due to this terrorist attacks were taking place and jawans were “martyred”, Mayawati said.
“The government is misusing the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), the ED (Enforcement Directorate) and the IT (Income Tax) department for political gains,” she said.
“The BJP is adamant to return to power by hook or by crook. During elections they are trying to create a wave in their favour through opinions polls and surveys,” Mayawati claimed.
Mayawati Did Not Spare Congress Also
On Congress’ promise of Rs 72,000 per year to poor families under its proposed minimum income guarantee ‘Nyay’ scheme, she said if the alliance (SP-BSP-RLD) government comes to power, she will ensure permanent jobs in government and private sector.
“It will be a permanent solution to the problem of unemployment,” the former chief minister claimed.
Mayawati said the alliance is a movement of social justice and added that “BJP and company” will be trying to create differences with their “absurd statements but we will not get incited by their propaganda”.
The BSP supremo made a fervent appeal to voters to re-elect SP’s Dimple Yadav by pressing the ‘Cycle’ button.
At the same time, she urged voters to ensure transfer of votes to BSP candidates fielded elsewhere as joint nominees of the alliance to ensure a clean sweep by the SP-BSP alliance in the state.
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