On a day a five-member UP government committee probing the recent communal violence in Saharanpur blamed administrative lapses for the incident and questioned the role of the BJP, BSP chief Mayawati hit out at both the ruling Samajwadi Party government in the state and the BJP accusing them of “connivance” in allowing communal tensions to spread in the state.
She also called the report of this five-member committee, headed by Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Yadav, as “khanapoorti” and alleged that the real facts had not come out in the report.
The BSP chief also launched a scathing attack on the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP accusing both of “milibhagat” over the recent communal tensions in the state. “The situation in UP was already poor under the Samajwadi Party’s rule. But it has only deteriorated further ever since the BJP-led NDA came to power in the Centre.” She also pointed out that there was “peace” in the state under her rule.
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Stating that communal forces were gaining strength in the country and communal tensions were being witnessed in several states, Mayawati said that Uttar Pradesh had emerged at the top-spot of states from where communal tensions were being reported.
The BSP chief also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech wherein he had called himself the “Pradhan Sewak” of the country. “It did not sound like the speech from a Pradhan Sewak. Instead, it sounded like a speech aimed at the forthcoming assembly elections in four states,” she said.
Acknowledging that it was still “early days” for the Modi government, Mayawati added that though Modi had made a lot of promises during the election campaign, he had not yet begun on delivering on those promises.
The BSP chief also announced that her party would not enter into any political alliance with any party for the assembly elections to Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand and Maharashtra — likely to be held by the end of the year. She also said that BSP would not contest the September 13 by-election in the 11 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. She said that as a matter of policy, her party was not inclined to deploy all its energies and resources for 4-5 months to contest seats in a by-election and would instead use its energies to widen its base across the country.
Mayawati also inducted former Congress MP from Haryana Dr Arvind Sharma into the BSP and said that if her party get a chance to form a government in Haryana, Sharma would be the Chief Minister.