TERMING THE ongoing rift in the ruling Samajwadi Party as a “drama to divert people’s attention”, BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday said if there was any truth in the reports of dispute, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav should “retire from active politics in wider interest of the state”.
She asked the SP chief to get over his love for his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and take ‘sanyas’ from politics. In a statement released after a meeting with party coordinators at BSP headquarters, Mayawati said “dozens of members” of the Yadav family are into politics “in one or the other way” and all have their own “selfish motives”.
“The news of internal clashes, rift and serious disputes come time and again during the elections and this drama takes place to divert people’s attention… Still if there is any truth in it, Mulayam Singh Yadav should give up his love for his son and immediately retire in the wider interest of the state and its people,” she said.
The ruling SP is facing political and family rift after Mulayam replaced Akhilesh with Shivpal Yadav as the party state chief. Akhilesh in turn divested his uncle, Shivpal, of key portfolios.
Shivpal, meanwhile, asked her to keep her suggestions to herself. “Her suggestions are not important for us… our party is not run as per her suggestions… she should keep it for her own organisation,” he told mediapersons.
Mayawati further claimed that the SP government has failed on all fronts with law and order being the most affected. “The government is now trying to hurriedly complete one or two projects to claim credit before elections while most works were initiated during the BSP government,” she said.
The BSP chief said BJP is wrong in its thinking that the UP elections will be contested on “the failures of the SP government” alone. “They will also be held on the anti-poor and pro-rich policies of the Modi government… The people of UP, who gave 73 Lok Sabha seats to the BJP, are feeling cheated because of unfulfilled promises,” she added.
Mayawati claimed that after BJP came to power at the Centre, instead of fighting the anti-people policies of the SP, the Centre has only “conspired against the BSP and its leadership”. “BJP is now filled with ‘aya ram, gaya ram’ politicians (party hoppers)… People will find it hard to trust a leaderless party,” she said.
Taking on the Congress, Mayawati said the party’s condition was “so bad that its top leaders are wandering on roads, holding padyatra, khaat yatra or rath yatra to save their existence”.