A day after Mayawati asked Muslims not to “waste” their votes on Samajwadi Party, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday hit out at the BSP chief saying people from the minority community still remember her party’s proximity with the BJP.
“She (Mayawati) says Samajwadis are divided while advising Muslims not to vote for SP. They (Muslims) know how close SP is to them. Woh bhoole nahi hain ki kisne kisko rakhi bandhi thi. Kaun Gujarat mein kisko samarthan karne gaya tha (They have not forgotten who celebrated Rakshabandhan and who went to Gujarat for campaigning (for BJP),” Akhilesh said.
He was referring to Mayawati tying ‘rakhi’ to BJP leader Lalji Tondon and her campaigning in support of BJP in Gujarat.
Putting Mayawati in the dock for her earlier alliance with BJP, Akhilesh asked, “Kya dava kar sakti hain ki bahumat ki sarkaar nahi hui to BJP-BSP milke sarkar nahi banayenge (Can she claim that if no one gets majority in the state then BJP-BSP would not form coalition government in the state)?” On Mayawati’s promise of giving out cash in place of smartphones, Akhilesh said, “She has a habit of taking cash. Those who leave BSP blame her love of cash as the reason.”
The UP chief minister said, “We have not yet made our election manifesto but they (opposition) are afraid. People have not yet forgotten doctor and engineer murder cases in the BSP regime and the wastage of money in constructing memorials. Her rallies also claim lives of people whenever they are held.” On Mayawati’s demand for division of UP into smaller states, Akhilesh said, “They talk of dividing the state…tomorrow they will say that even the country is very big and should be divided ,” he said.
A day before PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in the state capital to attend Dussehra celebrations, Akhilesh said that those who promised ‘Digital India’, failed to do much. “Wherever I go, from Muzaffarnagar to Ghazipur, people say BJP men lie a lot. I am yet to witness ‘acche din’…after the formation of Niti Aayog, UP lost Rs 9000 crore. We are running schemes from our own resources,” he said. Claiming that if people vote for development they would elect SP again, Akhilesh said his government has taken a lead on the development front.
On the opposition’s allegations that his government did not distribute tablets to student as promised, Akhilesh said, in a lighter vein, “They (opposition) have given so many tablets (medicine) to people that they are no more needed”.