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BSP CHIEF Mayawati on Thursday said BJP president Amit Shah had “insulted” the people of Uttar Pradesh by promising to provide a government like the one run by former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh, which was dismissed in 1992 for “unconstitutional act”.
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In a statement, Mayawati said Shah should apologise for his comments made at a rally in Etawah. She said BJP does not have an example of “good governance” to cite and that is why it is talking of Kalyan Singh’s government, which was dismissed “for bad law and order” and “violation of the Constitution and Supreme Court”.
The Kalyan Singh government was dismissed after the disputed structure at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site was demolished in December, 1992.
Mayawati said Shah’s claim that the borders are more secured under the NDA government is “wrong” because “soldiers are being killed at the border everyday”. The law and order situation is very bad in the BJP-ruled states, including Delhi, she added.
The BSP chief further said that Shah’s allegation that BSP is responsible for the corruption during the previous UPA government is “wrong and mischievous” because her party was never part of the UPA and only supported it from outside to keep “communal parties like BJP” away from power.
Holding the BJP-led central government responsible for the “bad state of affairs” in UP, she asked what concrete steps were taken by it in the last two years and referred to the “exodus” of the youth to the other states for employment. “The situation was very different during the BSP rule when
people from other states were coming here for employment… Amit Shah needs to check his facts before making any comment on the BSP,” said Mayawati.
Meanwhile, SP minister Rajendra Chowdhury described Shah’s comments as “childish”, claiming that after the setting up of Niti Ayog, UP had lost Rs 9,000 crore worth of central grants. “The Centre is meting out stepmotherly treatment to UP. Shah and the Prime Minister should tell what has the Centre done for the state which gave 73 MPs to the BJP (including two of the Apna Dal),” said Chowdhury.
“The Gujarat model, which the BJP used to publicise, has failed and the party is losing that state. Farmers there are in a miserable condition… Despite conspiracies against the SP government, the BJP would not succeed in the state,” he added.