While Mayawati’s BSP is likely to bag 115-124 seats, the incumbent Samajwadi Party is expected to win 94-103 seats in polls for the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
“Instead of honouring its political leaders after the strikes, BJP should have felicitated the army for it. The credit for the strikes should go to the Indian army and not Narendra Modi,” she said.
Maurya, who quit the party on June 22 accusing her of “auctioning” tickets for the 2017 Assembly election, hit back asking her to come clean on the money that has been collected from ticket seekers.
Bahujan Samaj Party support is going to make it easy for Congress nominees in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
“This is nothing but a dichotomy. On one hand she seeks CBI inquiry into Mathura violence and on the other she questions the working of the agency,” BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said in Lucknow.
She claimed that unlike Akhilesh Yadav government, he government will “work towards the development of the entire state”.
“There is nothing wrong with the film. BSP supports it,” Mayawati said when her comments were sought by mediapersons in Lucknow.
Mathura is a temple town visited by a large number of pilgrims and just like the state’s intelligence agency, the Centre’s intelligence too failed to gauge the situation, she said.
In a statement, Mayawati said BJP’s double standards were exposed as on one hand, Shah is having food at the house of an OBC while on the other hand, the statue of BSP founder Kanshi Ram was being “vandalised” in BJP-ruled Haryana.
She said the people are feeling cheated as the central government has failed to fulfill its promises of bringing back black money stashed abroad and providing jobs, roads, electricity and water to people.
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”.
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.
The BSP chief said the Union HRD Ministry and the state government should work seriously to normalise the tension in Allahabad University as the two will be held responsible for any further disturbance.
Mayawati said BSP will contest the coming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab “alone” and “on its own”.