Mayawati questions omission of surgical strikes from PM Narendra Modi speech at Lucknow

The BSP supremo also said that hoardings around the venue depicted "Prime Minister as the real hero of the surgical strikes" for political and electoral gains.

By: PTI | Lucknow | Published: October 12, 2016 5:52 pm
Mayawati, akhilesh yadav, samajwadi party, samajwadi party smartphone, uttar pradesh smartphone, uttar pradesh smartphone schmes, smartphone scheme, bsp, uttar pradesh, uttar pradesh news, uttar pradesh politics, india news, free smartphone, free smartphone india, free smartphone uttar pradesh BSP supremo Mayawati addresses party workers at a function on the death anniversary of party-founder Kanshi Ram in Lucknow on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

A day after Narendra Modi visited Lucknow to take part in Dusshera festivities, BSP chief Mayawati on  said it was a “politically-motivated” move even as she came down heavily on the Prime Minister for omitting the army’s surgical strikes from his speech.

“Though the Prime Minister talked about Ram and Jatayu in reference to ending terrorism in his speech but forgot to mention Indian Army which was responsible for successful surgical strikes,” she said in a statement.

In his Dussehra address at the Aishbagh Ramlila, without specifically mentioning the surgical strikes, the Prime Minister had made strong argument against terror and launched a veiled attack on Pakistan.

He also said Jatayu, the divine vulture from the epic Ramayana, “was the first to fight terrorism”.

Mayawati said the hoardings installed around the venue depicted the “Prime Minister as the real hero of the surgical strikes”, which makes it clear that the function was used for political and electoral gains.

Uttar Pradesh goes to the polls next year.

Stressing that if Prime Minister could not wipe out the “evils of self-praise and electoral-gains” from the hearts of his supporters (who put up hoardings), Mayawati said his message will fail to find a place in the hearts of people.

She said merely exhorting people to end all evils won’t serve the purpose but various laws in this regard need to be implemented sternly, “especially in BJP-ruled states”.

“It requires strong will power to implement the laws,” she said.

She claimed had the laws been implemented, cases like the Una Dalit flogging, the Rohit Vemula suicide and derogatory comments by former BJP leader Dayashankar Singh against her would not have taken place.

“…and people would not have been given a free hand to take law in their own hands in the name of gau raksha, love jihad, Hindu rashtra and conversion,” she said.

“There is a need to earnestly practise what is being preached (by Modi),” she added

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  1. A
    Oct 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm
    A billionaire politician who has in the past been CM of the one of the most poor states in the union, one who a med a fortune not through any entrepreneurship and spent a large amount of state money to build monuments of her stint as CM !! It can only be shameless politician. The only consolation we have is that she does not have family business in politics like the his and current CM of UP.
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      Chander Pal
      Oct 12, 2016 at 3:43 pm
      There is total disconnect between the chief and her consuency of voters. While her base comprises of the down trodden, the chief is fabulously luxurious in her life style. It shall be miscarriage of democracy in case she wins. Because phrases like GDP growth, job creation, inviting investment, infra structure development etc are Greek to her.
      1. F
        Oct 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm
        When he made no surgical strikes what he will speak. He failed to make strikes when married and due to this reason his wife left him
        1. A
          Oct 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm
          mayavati ji please stop thinking and finding fault with modi ji. present your party as to what have you done and intend to do.your reaction to everything modi ji does is similar to that of Rahul and kejriwal.
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            jayananda rao
            Oct 13, 2016 at 2:09 am
            Maya can move to contest the elections or at least support Hilary or Trump.She can also organise Dalit and minorities votes,install elephants and am huge wealth instead of selling embly tickets lt;br/gt;This lady wants to find fault with everything which suits her Now that she comments that PM has not refer to SS
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