Alleging that the BJP would foment trouble in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati said that atrocities against Dalits will be on the rise.
In most of the parties’ proposed pledges, women’s issues have been dwarfed in their importance and have barely received attention.
Mukhtar Ansari, who merged his party Quami Ekta Dal with Samajwadi Party last October, is currently lodged in Lucknow jail.
BJP’s vote share surprisingly increased from 31 per cent in October to 33 per cent in December, a clear indication that the scrapping of old high tender notes will bear no effect on the poll outcome.
BJP said that the move has severely affected the politicians-bureaucrats nexus.
Hailing demonetisation as “anti-poor” and “anti-farmer”, Mayawati had described the situation as “undeclared economic emergency”.
Applauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gadkari said his demonetisation move was in favour of the poor.
“The country needs to be strengthened. People are not happy with mere slogans, their concern is about the country being strengthened,” he was quoted saying.
“There is nothing wrong with the film. BSP supports it,” Mayawati said when her comments were sought by mediapersons in Lucknow.
He is a former MP from Ferozepur and represented the constituency in 1992 and 1996.
Each of the three has a relative in either the SP or the BJP, all recently joined.
The MLA, Rampal Yadav, was among the oldest members of the SP — until two weeks ago when CM Akhilesh Yadav expelled him for “illegal activities”.
Satish Mishra gets repeat ticket for third consecutive term, Ashok Kumar Siddharth is the new nominee.
While there was no official release from the BSP, party’s Ghaziabad unit president Prem Chand Bharti confirmed the expulsion of Narendra, currently lodged in jail.
Several sitting SP MLAs are also likely to be among the probable nominees, sources said. While BSP leaders confirmed the development, those from the ruling Samajwadi Party refused to rule out the possible defections.