Madhya Pradesh BSP president Pradeep Ahirwar said the party will vastly improve its tally and win 32 seats, and can even think of heading the next government.
Targeting the government, the Congress said that while Patel wanted institutions to be autonomous, the government is destroying them.
“The people of the country are also wondering if all this is not politics, and if the BJP really had this love for Patel why had they not put up such a massive statue earlier in Gujarat where they are in power for a long time,” Mayawati said.
In the afternoon, Mulayam visited his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav’s PSP office at 6, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, the erstwhile residence of his political rival BSP chief Mayawati.
Estate Officer Yogesh Kumar Shukla said Singh and a few other MLAs and MLCs have been demanding a ‘type-6’ (a measure of size) bungalow for a long time, and had been given the same on the directions of the government.
Addressing the media later, Naidu repeatedly said that democracy is in danger, that institutions are being demolished, and secularism is under threat under the BJP-led government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“I have been allotted the bungalow as there were intelligence reports of threats to me,” Yadav had said after allotment of the bungalow.
The party won three seats in the 2013-assembly elections by securing 3.37 per cent vote share, which was 7.60 per cent in the 2008-elections when the party had won six MLAs.
In an apparent reference to Akbar’s questions on why the allegations have been made before a general election, Mayawati said she condemns the attempt of giving political colour to the matter.
She claimed that defence deals under both the BJP and Congress governments have been questionable.
Mayawati had two bungalows allotted to her. While 6, Lal Bahadur Shashtri Marg was later converted into a BSP office, she moved to 13, Mall Avenue. She was served notices to vacate both premises.
Mayawati said the BSP would never compromise with the pride and respect of Dalits, tribals, backwards, Muslims, other religious minorities and upper caste poor
Speaking at an event to mark the death anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram, Mayawati also lashed out at the Congress and BJP, saying neither of the two worked for the interests of the upper caste poor.
In May, the Supreme Court ordered the ex-CMs to vacate the bungalows allotted to them, following which they all did so. The bungalows have not been allotted to anyone else as of now.
Chautala convicted on corruption charges in the infamous Haryana teachers recruitment scam and undergoing 10 years sentence in Tihar jail has recently come out on parole.