A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav called BSP chief Mayawati “bua”, she termed him a “Lalua (insulting reference for a naive kid)” who knows nothing about governance.
Addressing a huge rally in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s constituency Azamgarh, a Muslim stronghold, on Saturday, Mayawati reminded the community members about Muzaffarnagar riots, SP’s “role” in violence and urged Muslims not to divide their votes and go for BSP only.
“Mulayam considers the CM, his own son a Lalua and therefore asked him to learn the administration from the present Bihar CM. Hence, it would not be incorrect to term him as the Lalua chief minister of UP,” she said.
She sought to position herself as the biggest leader of the Muslim community in UP and stressed that “BSP has given 19 tickets to Muslims in this election”. Her rally, which attracted around 1.5 lakh people, was bigger than Mulayam’s recent rally in the constituency, according to policemen deployed at the venue.
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Calling both Mulayam and BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi communal, Mayawati urged Muslims to defeat both leaders. “BJP has appointed a person as its PM nominee who, as the chief minister, brought his state to fire after the Godhra incident. If such person occupies the top post, the country can anytime fall to communal riots,” she said.
“I want to tell Muslims that they have a crucial responsibility this time. If you want to stop the BJP from coming to power in the Centre and weaken communal forces in the country, then Muslims must not let their vote divide. They often divide their vote…. It directly benefits the BJP. To defeat the BJP candidate here, you must not divide your vote. BSP is receiving over 2.5 lakh vote of Dalits alone here. Upper castes are also voting for the BSP. If the vote of Muslim community is added to it, I tell you let alone winning the election, the BJP candidate will forfeit his deposit,” she said. If BJP comes to power, it will work against the interests of Dalits, poor and Muslims, she said.
She claimed that Modi’s nomination from Varanasi, a Hindu-dominated seat, and Mulayam’s from neighbouring Azamgarh, a Muslim-dominated seat, is due to a tacit understanding between the BJP and SP: “Both are also contesting from other seats and even if they win here ( in UP), they will vacate these seats and return to their native places.”
She said: “Mulayam Singh Yadav is falsely claiming he is contesting from Azamgarh to prevent the Modi wave in Poorvanchal, but it is not true at all. If he really wanted that, he should have contested from neighbouring Varanasi against Modi not Azamgarh.”