Allahabad rally z CM sticks to same theme of slamming Cong
With Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati sticking to her script in so far as her political speeches go,virtually down to the last punctuation and the number of times she waves,it appeared that the lower rung took upon itself to address the concerns that the ruling party is understood to be facing in this election.
Just how far their appeals struck a chord with the audience was a moot point,but the reasons they offered for seeking votes definitely regaled the huge crowd waiting for Behenji,who addressed an election rally here on Thursday at Parade Ground. Congress president Sonia Gandhi had addressed an election rally in the same locality on Wednesday.
Issues like Brahmins getting wary of BSP,bringing in Muslims to the party fold,keeping Pasis in good humour,raising the spectre of how mafias would vitiate the law and order situation once they are out of jail,and deflecting state-level corruption by highlighting scams at the Centre,was left to the sitting MLAs,candidates,and a cabinet minister all of them hailing from Allahabad and Kaushambi districts.
This time,the Pasis are being seen as unhappy with the BSP over losing out to the more dominant Jatavs in the last five years. Also,Congress and even the Samajwadi Party have been rooting for this community to make a dent in the secure Dalit vote bank of Mayawati.
Asif Jafri,candidate from Chail in Kaushambi,appealed to his Muslim brethren to vote for Mayawati across constituencies for two reasons. One being that she chose him,a man from the non-political background as a candidate,and secondly,the presence of Naseemuddin Siddique as a minister holding 15 departments. He added there were at least 32 Muslim MLAs in the BSP and six of them,including Siddique,were ministers. Pooja Pal,sitting MLA and candidate from City (West),recalled how mafia don Atiq Ahmed had got her husband Raju Pal killed. He is back from another party but remember that such a criminal does not have any religion or respect for women or human beings, she told the crowd,amid sympathetic applause.
Anand Kumar alias Collector Pandey,sitting MLA from Karchhana and now a candidate from Meja,appealed to the Brahmins. Before BSP gave Brahmins the due weightage,the community was on the margins. Even now,there are more than 75 Brahmin candidates in the fray, he said,appealing to all Brahmins not to get misled by other parties. Another Brahmin candidate,Harsh Vardhan Vajpayee,who is contesting from City (North),however,chose not to seek votes on behalf of his community. He restricted himself to praying for Mayawatis and his own win.
Lesser known Ram Milan Yadav,candidate from Handia,appealed to doodhwalas (read Yadavs) to vote across the 15 constituencies of Allahabad (12) and Kaushambi (three) on the ground that the party gave him ticket within eight hours. Aath ghante mein ticket de diya. Mera ek rupaya bhi nahi lagaa aur aane jaane ka kiraya bhi nahin (I got the ticket within eight hours. I did not have to give a single rupee for it. Even my travel expenses were taken care of), he said. State minister Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi appealed to the Vaishya samaj to vote for the party,but did not forget to highlight the attack on him. It was to suppress the voice of the people who try to come up, he said.
Meanwhile,Mayawati continued with her favourite election themes of warning people against the return of other parties,as they would bring back misrule in different ways. She also blamed the Centre for not sending enough money to the state despite several requests.
EC notice to BSP general secy
Lucknow: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday served notice to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra for violating the model code of conduct. As per the notice letter issued by EC secretary Narendra N Butolia,BSP star campaigner Satish Chandra Mishra,during a public meeting in Sakaldiha Assembly constituency in Chandauli district on February 5 had openly appealed for votes,arousing caste feelings by making repeated references to Brahmins and Dalits-political combination,which was covered in media. As per the notice letter,the Commission has viewed the video recordings of the aforesaid meeting and is prima facie satisfied that Mishra,by appealing to vote-arousing caste feelings,has violated the model code of conduct.