Amit Shah had on Tuesday hit out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for questioning what the BJP had done during its rule, and said it had “given a prime minister who speaks”.
BSP leader Rajesh Yadav shot dead: Irked over the murder, locals staged protest, pelted stone at a private hospital, and also set ablaze a state transport roadways bus. Police had to use mild force to disperse the crowd.
The motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained, police said.
The court has convicted three other persons to life imprisonment on murder charges.
The parliamentary constituency of Phulpur has been represented by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Congress leader Vijay Lakshmi Pandit.
The rally is being seen by rivals as the BSP chief’s attempt to show her party’s association with Ambedkar’s ideology at a time when she is ‘struggling’ to keep her Dalit support base intact.
Mahendra Nath Pandey said his target would be “winning all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh” and not just SP and BSP-free poll booths. He said the primary responsibility of BJP workers is to make people aware of the government’s works and collect feedback.
“Actually, the BJP leadership will have to give up its arrogance that they are above the country, law and the Constitution and only what they think is patriotism,” she said, adding that the country has faced problems because of such narrow-minded thinking”, said Mayawati.
Mayawati, who resigned from Rajya Sabha last month saying she was not being allowed to speak on atrocities against Dalits, had expelled Siddiqui from the BSP in May after the party suffered a crushing defeat in the UP Assembly elections.
Gautam refuted Saroj’s claim that Mayawati had demanded money from him, saying that all those who leave BSP level the same allegation. He said Saroj had already told the party that he will not contest elections in the future.
Yashwant said he had resigned by “his own will” and joined BJP without any condition. Bukkal, who was close to SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, said “dedicated workers are ignored in SP” whereas “BJP is a democratic party where workers get respect”.
Mayawati also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying that he is the PM of India not the chief minister of Gujarat and he must help all flood hit states equally.
Every month, party workers from two UP divisions would hold programmes in which she would also participate. The agitational programme, beginning from Meerut, would continue till June next “to expose the BJP”.
The BSP chief will be issuing directives on how to go about in the changed atmosphere arising out of her resignation from the Upper House.
On Wednesday, Deputy Chairman Kurien said the House wanted Mayawati to withdraw the resignation along with adding that the entire episode was a result of a “misunderstanding” and that he has “utmost respect” for the BSP leader.