Launching her party’s Lok Sabha campaign in West Bengal, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Monday raked up the 2002 Gujarat riots and said communal violence across the country would be “inevitable” if Narendra Modi became PM.
“It was during the BJP reign in 2002 that the Godhra incident took place. If Modi is made the prime minister, communal riots across the country would be inevitable. We will have to stop him. He assures that the country’s fate would change if BJP comes to power. Why didn’t the BJP do it when they were at the helm of things for six years?” Mayawati said addressing a party rally at the Saheed Minar Ground here.
She said that post-Independence the country had been ruled by Congress, BJP and conglomeration of other regional parties and alleged that none of them lived up to the expectation of the people.
Justifying the decision to field candidates in almost all the Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal, the former UP chief minister said, “We have decided to nominate candidates from places where we have even 3-4 per cent supporters. Who else will they vote for? If we don’t have our candidates here, at least 50 per cent of ours supporters will vote for either Congress or BJP,” she said.
She said, the BSP has not come out with any manifesto, because “it is the work, which is counted and not assurances”. She also claimed that BSP’s election campaign was funded by the party workers and not by contributions from industrialists. “Parties like Congress, BJP and others, which use money from corporate houses, frame their policies in favour of these houses. These anti-people policies increase poverty and unemployment. We don’t have any such obligations,” Mayawati said.
Mayawati also took potshots at the Trinamool Congress regime in Bengal saying the new government had promised a lot of ‘change’ but not much had changed in the state. “The CPM government was ousted after a rule of 34 years, but it seems as if nothing has changed,” she said.