Paid price for supporting UPA govt, says Mayawati

Mayawati said her party holds Congress, BJP and SP responsible for BSP’s poor performance as these parties “conspired” to rout the BSP.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Lucknow | Published: May 18, 2014 1:20 am

A DAY after her party failed to open its account in the Lok Sabha elections in its worst-ever performance, BSP chief Mayawati Saturday said her party suffered in the elections for supporting the UPA government at the Centre as the people were angry at “the policies and failures” of the Congress-led coalition.

“The unexpected success of BJP in the Lok Sabha elections undoubtedly shows that the people of the country were against wrong policies and failures of the UPA government. Our party and many other parties which had supported it to keep the communal forces away from power, suffered in the elections because of this,” she said talking to reporters at her residence.

She claimed “communal polarisation” in UP made most of the Muslims side with the SP and most of the upper castes and OBCs with the BJP.

Mayawati said her party holds Congress, BJP and SP responsible for BSP’s poor performance as these parties “conspired” and used various “tricks” to rout the BSP.

She said just before the polling was to take place in western UP, BJP’s UP in-charge Amit Shah delivered a “provocative” speech and gave a Hindu-Muslim colour to the elections. “OBC and upper caste voters who were with the BSP, got affected by this wind(of polarisation) and most of them went with the BJP,” she said.

She said she had told that Modi does not belong to a backward caste, still most of the people from backward castes got swayed in favour of the BJP.

Mayawati said the Congress and SP also “misled” the Muslims in western UP by telling them that the Dalits were going to vote for the BJP as they are Hindus and this led to the Muslim votes getting divided, which benefited maximum to the SP and also the BJP. “Now Muslims will regret this. This is common about Muslims that first they get misled and then regret,” she said.

Mayawati did not find any faults in her party’s strategy or campaign and said her core support base of Dalits was intact and has voted for the BSP.

She claimed the BJP-led NDA had come to power invoking caste, religion and using conceit and wrong speeches. She said people will soon regret choosing this government. However, she said Modi deserves to be congratulated for bringing BJP a majority.

She said the BJP may have got 71 seats in UP but it received only 42 per cent votes and this proves that 58 per cent voters in UP rejected it.

Mayawati said the Congress managed to win Rae Bareli and Amethi as the SP did not field candidates there and the SP won five seats as Congress either did not field candidates or chose weak candidates for these seats.

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  1. R
    May 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm
    paid prize for being the greediest person on earth.
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      Sudhir Deshpande
      May 18, 2014 at 4:43 am
      Waah Behenji, you are still putting up strategy to completely get wiped out for future elections. May god save you in future elections!
      1. Raju Charles
        May 26, 2014 at 3:28 am
        Maywathis must know that caste is evil and BSP dead due to lack of educated leadership and Vision! Friends of Dalit will make sure May will lose her deposit! Caste Mist Maya will disappear!Fearless Dalit for Modiji!
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          Roo Raa
          May 20, 2014 at 5:37 pm
          Apparently its everyones fault except for Mayawati.
          1. V
            vasantrao deshpande
            May 18, 2014 at 4:57 am
            Maya Ben you must remember once you voted against the NDA where it lost by only one vote in vote of non confidence motion.
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